Spring storm brings blizzard, high wind warnings to eastern Colorado


In Denver we are expecting snow showers until around midnight tonight. And this one is particularly strong. "Also we're going to have really strong winds, especially in western Minnesota". Areas northwest of Sioux City could get pummeled much harder, as Yankton, South Dakota, might see a foot of snow.

Sunday: There's a 50 percent chance of precipitation with new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. And up to 14 inches (36 centimeters) of snow could amount in some Nebraska spots. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour will make travel hazardous.

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The start of the three-on-three soccer season sponsored by the Abilene Parks and Recreation Department has been cancelled Saturday because of potential weather conditions. North Platte's rain will turn to snow by Friday evening, and temperatures will continue to drop; lows for North Platte are predicted at 21 degrees with temps in the teens for the Sandhills region.

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David Barjenbruch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, said the southern part of the metro area saw up to 2 inches of snow fall overnight, while the north side got nearly nothing.

Blizzard warnings cover most of Nebraska's midsection, from Kansas north to South Dakota. Gov. Dennis Daugaard closed state government offices in 32 counties ahead the approaching blizzard. No accumulation is expected. Rapid City had already received 5.5 inches by 10 a.m. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely unsafe.

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Today will be windy and mild once again statewide with extreme fire danger.