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Late winter storm brewing for Rockies, Plains

7:42 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - A rare, late season winter storm is brewing over parts of the West for Wednesday.

A low pressure system will slide out of the Rockies and become lodged in the mid part of the country between blocking high pressure systems in the western and the eastern parts of the country.

This low will spin in place and pull down cold, Canadian air across the mountains and Plains. With plenty of moisture in place, heavy snows are expected for much of Colorado, Wyoming and parts of Iowa over the next 48 hours.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are calling for snow amounts of 5-8 inches in the Denver Metro area, 4-6 inches for Scottsbluff and Cheyenne, Wyoming and 2-4 inches in Sioux City, Iowa, by Wednesday evening.

Travel is expected to be impacted with this storm.

Some higher elevations, especially in Colorado and Wyoming could receive more than a foot of snow from this system. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are currently posted for these areas through Wednesday.

As the storm slowly moves east of the Rockies, the snow will move into the Plains and will likely become one of the latest winter storms in recent memory from Omaha to Minneapolis by Thursday.

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