After an unseasonably cold first half of April, many living in the Rockies and High Plains are likely desperately trying to “think spring.” Unfortunately, winter isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Another prolonged snow event is taking aim at the Rockies and portions of the High Plains.
A storm system and associated cold front that originated in Canada will push across the Rockies through midweek.
Snow began to fall in earnest overnight Tuesday as temperatures trended below freezing across the region and the storm system strengthened. The bulk of accumulating snow into Wednesday afternoon will fall over portions of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
This storm will bring about travel disruptions for essential workers in the region.
“Essential workers who must venture out on the roadways should use caution as slushy and slippery conditions are expected to develop,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff.
Winds are also anticipated to become gusty over the northern Rockies as the storm continues to strengthen through Wednesday.
“Gusty winds may cause further disruptions due to reduced visibility from blowing and drifting snow,” said Duff.
Locations like Great Falls and Billings, Montana, are forecast to receive 1-3 inches of snow through Wednesday, while the higher elevations of the northern Rockies will receive higher amounts nearing half a foot.
For some context on just how snowy the 2019-2020 snow season has been for the northern Rockies and surrounding areas; Great Falls, Montana, is currently in the midst of their seventh snowiest season since records began in 1892.
The current snowfall total for the 2019-2020 season stands at 99 inches as of April 13. This storm is likely to push that total over the 100-inch mark for the seventh time in their history as AccuWeather meteorologists expect 1-3 inches of snow to fall over the city through Wednesday.