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Strong Storm to Produce Snow & Storms This Weekend

21 Dec 2016, 4:48 pm

While the North Pole will be quiet on Christmas Day, a strong low pressure center will swing through the West into the Plains later this week into the weekend. It will be producing significant snow in the mountains of the West and Northern Plains, with a risk for strong storms in the Central and Southern Plains. Winter Storm Warnings and Blizzard Watches have been posted from the Sierra to the Black Hills.

The low pressure center will be moving ashore into the West Coast Friday. The first wave of rain and snow will begin to affect areas from California to the Pacific Northwest.

On Saturday, the storm will begin to dig into the rest of the west with snow spreading through the mountains in the Southwest up through the Bitterroots & Tetons in the Northwest.  The low will push out into the Plains on Sunday. Heavy snow is likely from the Front Range into the Upper Midwest, with some areas mixed precipitation possible ahead of the low. In the warmest air, thunderstorms are likely. A few severe storms may develop from Kansas to Texas.


Snowfall will be measured with yardsticks in the mountains. Wind and snow will make travel difficult in the Front Range and Black Hills. Isolated tornadoes and strong winds are possible with the severe storms in the Plains.

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