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Late Season Snow Creates Travel Headaches from the Front Range to the Plains

1 May 2017, 10:11 am

A late season winter storm this weekend has brought an area of heavy snow from the Tetons and Rockies into the Plains. The slushy snow left residents scratching their heads with the calendar showing May 1st. May Day is usually associated with green grass, budding trees, and blooming flowers.

Short but sweet.. lol

Posted by Kathy Brannum on Sunday, April 30, 2017

[Credit: Facebook/Kathy Brannum via Storyful, Boise City, Oklahoma]

The snow was visible on satellite with the sun’s ray reflecting off the fresh powder. Accumulations stretch from the Oklahoma Panhandle into the Upper Midwest. The mountains of Colorado and the Front Range were the first areas to see the snow Friday night and Saturday morning. More than a foot fell in some areas of the high country.

As the storm system swung into the Southern and Central Plains Saturday into Sunday, it picked up energy and moisture. As flooding rains and tornadoes occurred further east, a strong wind developed as the heavy snow fell. Blizzard Warnings were issued in portions of Western Kansas.

Heavy snow also fell in Nebraska and South Dakota, starting Sunday afternoon and evening. Travel was difficult as the snow quickly accumulated. Some power outages were recorded from the heavy, very wet snow.

Winter's last hurrah hopefully. Sioux Falls, SD.

Posted by Mace Michaels on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Totals were around 2″ to 4″, with isolated areas seeing near 6″ from Central Nebraska through Eastern South Dakota into Southwest Minnesota. With temperatures warming into the 60s later this week, the snow will be melting away soon.

As the storm system lifts toward the Great Lakes, areas of heavy snow will fall in the Iron Range and Arrowhead of Minnesota. Up to 6″ of snow may fall into this evening before the low pressure center and cold air lifts northward into Canada.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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