Severe Weather Strikes the High Plains
Severe weather is expected to strike the High Plains Sunday afternoon and evening with the passing of a cold front. Although this isn’t the typical time to see widespread severe weather in this region of the country, with colder air colliding with warm moist air to the south, the formation for stronger storms to develop is possible. As far as timing goes, storm initiation will start just to the east of the Colorado Front Range and continue to move and strengthen to the east. These storms are expected to be at their strongest around 7:00pm MDT along the boarder of Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. The biggest threat with these late afternoon storms will be large hail. However, the threat for damaging winds and a possible tornado can not be ruled out.
As this cold front progresses farther south and east, severe weather will develop along the leading edge of the cold front. The reason for the stronger storm development later in the evening along the Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska boarder is due to the increase levels of moisture in the atmosphere in this region.
Temperatures behind the front are expected to be much cooler, as expected with a frontal passage this time of year. That will lead to the development of snowfall in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountain West.
As this severe weather threat persists Sunday, rainfall through Monday evening will stretch from Northeast Colorado up into Minnesota and Wisconsin.