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First Snows of the Season Sweep across Central U.S.; More Sunday


From Kansas City to Omaha to Des Moines, several places across the Plains saw their first snows of the season, and more first snowflakes of the season are on the way further east for both Sunday and Monday.

Kansas City only saw a dusting of snow on Saturday, and much of eastern Kansas and western Missouri saw less than an inch of snow as temperatures hovered near the freezing mark. Saturday’s more significant accumulating snow was mostly concentrated further west and north in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota recorded 6.0″ of snow officially as of 6:00 pm CT Saturday afternoon, and Valentine, Nebraska had 5.9″ to top area snowfall totals. Generally, one-to-four inches of the white stuff piled up north of I-70 in Kansas and along I-29 northward into Nebraska and South Dakota. Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with Illinois and western Kentucky, will see snow work its way in tonight and into early Sunday. The snow spread into Iowa, including Des Moines, and the Hawkeye State is expecting a general two-to-four inch snowfall Saturday night and into early Sunday. Total snow amounts will gradually decrease (closer to 1-3″) further east and south.

Further west, Denver – slammed by record cold temperatures most of last week – received roughly 1-2″ on Saturday afternoon, with isolated higher amounts further north along I-25 into Fort Collins and Loveland, Colorado. But the big winners on Saturday were Colorado’s ski resorts, where Breckenridge Mountain and Keystone are amongst the mountain resorts that can now measure their weekly snowfall in feet rather than inches.


On Sunday, the same disturbance slides further east, impacting Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Here, computer models have trended slightly higher in expected snow totals, with Cincinnati, Columbus and Evansville, Indiana in line for a possible 2-4″ of snow (after starting as rain).

All eyes then shift further east to upstate New York and the Poconos in central Pennsylvania, which could both be in line for a moderate snowfall on Monday as today’s system merges with one further south to create potential snowfall in central New York and Pennsylvania. Stay tuned to and WeatherNation TV for continued updates.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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