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The other side of El Nino kicking in?/another Blizzard in CO/KS today:
Message from Mike coastal CT
With all the talk of warmth in many parts of the US mainland...it's fair to give mention to the other side of El-Nino winter kicking in:
NWS Blizzard warnings are up again in eastern CO/western KS again for 2nd time in two weeks. Conditions across Colorado, are forcing major travel delays on roadways and in the air. Some areas outside of Denver recorded up to 15 inches of snow on by early this morning.
As the snow winds down across eastern Colorado in the afternoon, the storm will push into Kansas and Nebraska. "Snowfall totals of 12-18 inches will be common across this region with locally higher amounts possible...according to the NWS. "The main impacts from this system will be covered roads along with whiteout conditions at times. Strong winds combined with heavy and blowing snow will create blizzard conditions." (NWS Lincolin)
This was the look early this morning on the highways of eastern CO and western KS:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
923 AM MST TUE NOV 17 2015
HEAVY SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS HAVE DEVELOPED THIS MORNING
ACROSS THE TRI-STATE REGION. WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW WITH NEAR
ZERO VISIBILITY AND WIND GUSTS AS HIGH AS 65 MPH ARE FORECAST. THE
BLIZZARD WARNING NEEDED TO BE EXTENDED SOUTH FOR THIS UPDATE TO
INCLUDE WICHITA AND GREELEY COUNTIES IN NORTHWEST KANSAS.
YUMA-KIT CARSON-CHEYENNE CO-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...YUMA...WRAY...BURLINGTON...
923 AM MST TUE NOV 17 2015
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS
* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER EAST CENTRAL COLORADO EARLY
THIS MORNING...WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OCCURRING DURING THE
LATE MORNING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW HAS DEVELOPED...REDUCING
VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE. HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW
WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS TO DEADLY DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH ROAD
CLOSURES LIKELY. BE PREPARED FOR ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO HIGH
WINDS...WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND DRIFTING SNOW.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...12 TO 16 INCHES...WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS
BETWEEN HIGHWAY 385 AND THE COLORADO KANSAS BORDER.
* WINDS...NORTH 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 65 MPH.
* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S.
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS STRONG WINDS AND FALLING OR BLOWING SNOW
WILL PRODUCE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES...WITH TRAVEL BECOMING
DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE. MONITOR LOCAL FORECASTS BEFORE DECIDING
TO VENTURE OUTSIDE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL AND YOU BECOME STRANDED...
STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL HELP ARRIVES.
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