For the third time in a week, significant snowfall is on the way for parts of the Four Corners region.
Snow will spread across the Four Corners today and tonight with the heaviest amounts found across the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Several inches of snow will blanket the bigger cities of the region such as Flagstaff, Durango and Grand Junction.
For Flagstaff, it will be their third significant storm since Friday. The city has received over 20 inches so far in December.
The snow is expected to wind down on Wednesday as the storm ejects into the Plains. However, strengthening winds will make blowing dust a concern across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle where dry weather will prevail. Winds can gust up to 60 mph in this region.
In the Denver area, the accumulating snow will fall between late tonight and tomorrow morning. Several inches of snow is expected.
Interstates across the Four Corners can be adversely affected by the snowstorm and any leftover snow on Wednesday can combine with high winds to create near white-out conditions.
Specifically, I-40 in Arizona and I-70 in Utah are most vulnerable to nasty travel conditions through Wednesday morning.
Although there will be plenty of cold air to promote snow across most of the Four Corners, residents south of the storm's track can expect just light snow or even rain showers.
Rain showers will wet the ground in Phoenix tonight which has already experienced an unusually wet first half of December. Farther east, light snow can accumulate a coating to an inch in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Ski resorts will no doubt enjoy the dump of fresh powder. Locales in and around Salt Lake City can pick up several inches with more in the Wasatch Range to the south.
This moderate snow event across the Southwest will evolve into a full-fledged blizzard later on Wednesday afternoon through Thursday as the storm races into the Great Plains and Midwest.
In the wake of the the storm, a stretch of dry weather is expected into the pre-Christmas weekend.
While a brief break in the wet weather is coming early next week, rounds of rain will resume later next week and cause difficulties for outdoor plans and agriculture through much of May.
As millions prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, rain and severe storms threaten to disrupt outdoor activities and travel plans.
As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.
A system with rain and thunderstorms will bring both good and bad news to the western United States later this week.
The threat of severe weather will return to the south-central United States this weekend.
Plenty of warmth and sunshine will be in the forecast this Saturday as the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby takes place at famed Churchill Downs in Louisville this Saturday.
Thunderstorms rake over Nebraska and Kansas with golf ball-sized hail, wind gusts close to 90 mph at Superior, NE, and 3-1/2 inches of rain at Kensaw, NE.
Sheridan Lake, ND (1984)
Lightning struck a boat out on the water, killing two occupants. A life vest was torn to bits by the powerful bolt.
Louisville, KY (1989)
Coldest Kentucky Derby ever. The race was run in 42-46 degree temperatures. Wet snowflakes were seen nearby.