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Historic Snowstorm Leaves Much Of Colorado In The Dark

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About 23,294 Colorado residents were without power as of 11:21 a.m. ET on Monday due to an historic snowstorm that left some portions of the state with a total of as much as 24 to 36-inches over the weekend.

There may be only a few days left in winter, but Colorado has been hit with a snowstorm of historic proportions. The storm, which has been monitored for a week, struck parts of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska over the weekend.

According to AccuWeather, Cheyenne, Wyoming was the clear target and could potentially receive the biggest snowstorm in the city’s history. Denver may not set new snowstorm records, but the Mile High City is could be buried under a hefty amount of snowfall. The heaviest hit areas could get as much snow as 60-inches.

Winter storm warnings alerted residents across the southeastern parts of Wyoming and northern Colorado, and winter storm watches extended east across southwestern South Dakota and western Nebraska on Friday, March 12. An avalanche watch was posted for the Front Range Mountains of Colorado. The storm comes in the wake of unusual warm weather conditions with Denver experiencing temperatures averaging about 20 degrees above normal earlier in the week.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis activated the Colorado National Guard to assist in search and rescue activities through the state’s Emergency Operations Center from 12 p.m. Friday through 12 p.m. on Monday.

The Colorado State Patrol warned residents to stay off the roads because of what a trooper call a “Snowmaggedon” or “Snowpocalypse” in a video recorded and sent out on Twitter.

West of Denver in a zone running from Cheyenne down to Fort Collins and Boulder, a total of 24-inches to 36-inches of snowfall was expected. The amount could easily eclipse the regions old record for the heaviest snowstorm in history, which occurred from November 19 through 21, 1979 when 25.6-inches of snow shrouded the area.

Although it was expected that the residents of Denver would witness a massive storm, snowfall totals is expected to be lower than locations farther west. This may not turn out to be a Top 5 snowstorm for Denver, but it could be among the Top 10 storms in history. Since 1881, nine snowstorms have dropped more than 20-inches – and three of those storms dropped more than 30-inches.

In Casper, Wyoming, residents there could see as much as 1-foot to 2-feet.

As the storm headed east across the Nebraska border, a top 5 snowfalls was forecasted for Scottsbluff. The fifth biggest single snowstorm on record for Western Nebraska was 17.8-inches on October 27-29, 2009. AccuWeather predicted from 1-foot to 2-feet of snow will fall there.

It is possible that the heavy and wet snow will lead to falling tree limbs and power line and power outages are likely to occur.

The storm appears that it will be the biggest of the 2021 winter season for the western portion of the United States. However, it could turn out to be beneficial due to abnormally dry soil conditions that have caused a drought in Colorado and much of the west.

Blizzard conditions were set for Wyoming and portions of western Nebraska and southwestern South Dakota as the storm achieves peak intensity. Wind gusts could reach as much as 30-mph to as high as 50-mph.

Some of the snowfall totals due to the storm:

  • Denver International Airport: 27.1 inches
  • W Aspen Springs: 40.3 inches
  • Loveland: 26 inches
  • NE Arvada: 26.5 inches
  • NE Parker: 26.5 inches
  • Evergreen: 23.5 inches
  • W Firestone: 23.3 inches
  • Conifer: 22 inches
  • Elizabeth: 22.5 inches
  • Estes Park: 22.3 inches
  • Berthoud: 21 inches
  • N Bailey: 20 inches
  • NW Broomfield: 21 inches
  • SW Boulder: 19.9 inches
  • E Denver: 17.5 inches
  • E Longmont: 18 inches
  • W Jamestown: 17.5 inches
  • W Northglenn: 18 inches
  • W Timnath: 17.4 inches
  • Wellington: 18.8 inches
  • Ken Caryl: 16 inches
  • Lafayette: 10.5 inches
  • NE Dacono: 11.7 inches
  • NE Nederland: 36 inches
  • NE Thornton: 8.1 inches
  • NW Golden: 12.8 inches
  • NW Federal Heights: 13 inches
  • SE Campion: 16 inches
  • SE Fort Collins: 14 inches
  • SE Lakewood: 5.5 inches
  • SE Littleton: 15 inches
  • SW Highlands Ranch: 15.6 inches
  • SW Kittredge: 15 inches
  • W Brighton: 9.5 inches
  • E Colorado Springs: 7.5 inches
  • E Edgewater: 9.2 inches

In Texas, more than 5,900 residents are experiencing outages after southern states were hit with a round of severe rainstorms and flooding. The same storm that brought a historic snowfall to the Rockies and High and southern plains over the weekend is expected to bring thunderstorms to Ohio and the Tennessee valleys this week. All facets of severe weather ranging from large hail and damaging wind gusts to tornadoes could occur. The storm could reach the St. Louis metro area in the evening hours of Monday.

On Tuesday, the storm is expected to stall out over the Southern states, leading to severe rain from Louisiana to the Carolinas. A few storms can become heavy and gusty and flash flooding will be possible where the worst of it persists.

Severe weather is predicted for the southern plains late on Tuesday as the storm moves east. The storm is expected to gain strength due to the warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico sparking severe weather across the Southern states from Tuesday night through Thursday.

Severe storm condition including hail, wind gusts, and tornadoes will hit the Mississippi Valley and Southeast U.S. on Wednesday.

Regions including Little Rock Arkansas and Shreveport, Louisiana on through Nashville, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia could receive the brunt of this storm by the middle of the week.

The storm is expected to reach Virginia through the Carolinas and into Georgia and northern Florida by Thursday with extreme weather including tornadoes.

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