It’s not the best day for driving across the front range of the Rockies or the High Plains to the east. A major, early season winter storm continues to batter much of the West. Winter storm warnings and watches stretch from northern New Mexico to the U.S./Canadian border in North Dakota. Snowfall totals could easily surpass 12 inches in several places from Denver, CO to Rapid City, SD today and tomorrow.
In case you forgot, it’s still October. Many of the National Weather Service offices are referring to this as an “early season storm.” Storms like this are more common in late November and December than October.
In addition to the threat of heavy snow, severe thunderstorms are possible across the southern Plains where warm, moist air interacts with the cold front moving out of the Rockies. Tornadoes, hail, and high wind are all possible with any severe storm that may develop this afternoon. The SPC has issued a slight risk of severe storms for portions of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas:
Should be another day or two of active weather across the middle of the nation.