Snow Returning to Denver, then Upper Midwest

November 07, 2011; 5:00 AM
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Residents of the Upper Midwest should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com since the projected snow totals are not set in stone. There is a possibility that the heavy snow zone gets shifted slightly eastward.

A new week is getting under way and yet another round of snow is headed to Denver and Colorado's Interstate 25 with the Upper Midwest next in its sights.

The third straight snow event in the same number of weeks for Denver is slated for tonight into Tuesday morning.

The time-frame for the snow will be similar for all of Colorado's Interstate 25 corridor and western Nebraska.

At the same time, an outbreak of severe weather will be under way across the southern Plains.

A wintry Election Day is shaping up for more of Nebraska and Kansas Tuesday as the snow rolls eastward, initially falling as rain.

"By Wednesday, some wet snow could even fall for the first time in parts of the Upper Midwest that haven't had any snow yet this season," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Heather Buchman.

The impending snow totals in Denver will fall short of what fell during each of the previous two snowstorms. Regardless, the 1 to 3 inches that is expected should not be taken lightly.

Roads will become slick, with bridges and overpasses turning slippery first. Morning commuters should prepare for travel headaches Tuesday morning, both on the ground and in the air.

Some residents may want to consider waiting until conditions improve Tuesday afternoon before heading to polling stations.

This scene captured by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Heather Buchman in Denver last Tuesday night will likely soon get repeated again.

Farther south along Colorado's Interstate 25 corridor, from Colorado Springs to Trinidad, is where the snow will cause greater disruptions to travel by totaling 3 to 6 inches.

The neighboring foothills and mountains will measure locally higher amounts by tomorrow afternoon.

This swath of heavier snow will spread northeastward through the central Plains and Upper Midwest tonight into Wednesday, quickly whitening locations in 6 to 12 hours.

The snow away from the Colorado Front Range will be heavy and wet in nature, meaning grassy and elevated surfaces will record higher snow totals than paved surfaces.

Motorists should still use caution. The rapid rate of the falling snow will reduce visibility as a slushy accumulation eventually develops on roads and creates slick travel.

The snow will have an easier time coating roads at night than during the day. In addition, the weight of the snow could down some tree branches and power lines.

Even after the snow winds down, travel hazards lurk. Slushy spots on roads and sidewalks could turn icy as temperatures dip below freezing.

Before impacting places from eastern Colorado to the Upper Midwest, the snow will first create a wintry start to the week across the mountains of the Four Corners region.

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