Blizzard Warnings Posted from Colorado to Minnesota

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A storm can shift directions at any time, which could be the case in the upcoming storm.

The Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch across southern Minnesota as a potentially historic weather system could bring 4 to 9 inches of snow and 55 miles per hour winds to the area by Thursday night.

"A swath of 1 to 2 feet of snow is forecast for the Central/Northern Plains and into Western Minnesota through Thursday evening, with locally higher amounts", the NWS said.

Areas below 9,000 feet in Grand County can now expect between four to eight inches of snow by Thursday, according to the weather service.

The good news with this storm is that it will be so far north that it will not bring a lot of rain to the Midwest. Both storm number two and storm number three are quick hitting; they combine for abut 4 inches for the southeastern part of the Midwest.

The snowfall is expected to reach around 8-inches for most of the general area in the storm, but the NWS did warn that some isolated areas could experience up to 18 inches or more of snowfall before the end of the storm.

A spring storm expected to roll in early Wednesday is expected to bring high winds and blowing snow to Southwest Colorado.

How does this snowstorm compare to past years?

Scattered snow showers will continue Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. Bench areas could see 3-6 inches and 6-16 are expected in the central and southern mountains. "Prepare now for a severe winter storm". Forecasters in New Mexico said the winds also would make travel hard on north-south oriented roads such as Interstate 25. The storms, which have been building up over the Rockies, will pummel the region Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said. "Travel is going to be impossible in some of these areas".

Travel could be very hard and snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Winds could gust as high as 50 miles per hour. Thawed ground will be able to absorb more precipitation than last month's frozen ground and a fall of heavy snow rather than rain will slow the runoff process.

Winds will gust up to 45mph.

In Colorado, 1,800 trained snow-removal personnel and 950 maintenance trucks are standing by.

The NWS predicts mostly sunny skies for the weekend with temperatures in the lower to mid-40s. Either way, this storm is forecast to unleash a variety of wild weather this week. River levels are expected to rise back into flood stage by mid to late week.