Disruptive snow to streak from Nebraska to Minnesota into Monday evening
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
May 02, 2017, 12:28:49 AM EDT
It will feel like the calendar has been turned back to winter instead of moving ahead to May as disruptive snow continues to sweep across the midwestern United States into Monday evening.
“A very strong spring storm cutting northward through the Plains is dumping a narrow swath of heavy snow on its western side,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said.
After proving to be a boon for the ski resorts in the Rockies, the snow will sweep from northeastern Nebraska to northeastern Minnesota.
Wet snow may mix in Minneapolis on the first day of May. Little, if any, of the snow is expected to accumulate in the city.
“Slushy accumulations are possible on roadways, leading to messy travel,” Sodja said.
The rate of snowfall is key to accumulations this time of year when temperatures are marginal for snow, especially in regards to road surfaces. Heavy snowfall is required to overcome the effects of the strong sun during the day and the warmth stored up in the ground from the days preceding the snow.
The snow could make travel tricky along portions of interstates 29 and 94.
The snow is falling on areas where normal highs range from the lower to middle 60s. The last time Watertown, South Dakota, measured snow in May was on May 9, 1979.
Highs in the 30s will accompany the snowstorm. Gusty winds will hold AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below actual temperatures, further making it feel like winter has returned.
The heavy, wet nature of the snow will make it difficult to shovel. Residents, especially those with heart issues, should use caution and take frequent breaks when shoveling.
The storm is responsible for dumping over a foot of snow in portions of western Kansas on Sunday, forcing the closure of I-70 west of Salina, Kansas, to the Colorado border. This portion of the interstate was reopened early Monday morning.
Multiple vehicle slide-offs were reported in Culbertson and Danbury, Nebraska, according to emergency management.
"The cold and/or weight of the snow could damage flowers that residents may have already planted," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.
The first day of May could bring school delays or cancellations in the northern Plains.
Children and those young at heart will welcome the snow as one last opportunity to go sledding before summer arrives.
However, do not delay in grabbing your sled. Temperatures will quickly rebound the day after the storm departs, rapidly erasing the snow.
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