"This is one of the first significant storm systems of the season — a real clash of warm and cold air masses," CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said. It's not uncommon for early spring storms like this to bring a large swath of snow as well as a significant area of severe weather, including tornadoes. Track the storm here >>>
Spring brings a big blast of winter
Winter isn't over for millions in the West, as another blast of winter weather is taking shape across the region. Blizzard warnings are up for northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. Snowfall rates are expected to be 1 to 3 inches per hour, along with wind gusts of 55 mph. Places like Denver could wind up with as much as 6 inches of snow, with winds gusting 25 to 45 mph. Get the latest weather news from around the world >>>Travel will be treacherous, and there will be long airport delays in Denver. The coronavirus pandemic has also affected travel worldwide, with many experiencing canceled flights and travel bans as they make their way home.The rain will change over to snow for places like Minneapolis during the evening hours on Thursday. This will create slick conditions on the roads and airport delays in the Midwest.The winter weather will push out of the Midwest by Friday afternoon, leaving behind cooler temperatures to start spring.
Severe Storms threaten Mississippi river valley
The Storm Prediction Center has issued an enhanced risk of severe weather for Thursday from central Arkansas to central Indiana, as well as parts of Nebraska and Iowa. Cities in the risk area include Omaha, Indianapolis, Des Moines and Little Rock.This risk area is a level 3 out of 5 in terms of severity. The possibility of large hail, damaging winds and even isolated tornadoes are possible. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a 10% chance of tornadoes within 25 miles in the risk area.4 tornado safety tips that could save your life >>>The storms will begin firing up in the plains Thursday morning and continue to move east through the day. They will bring very heavy rain to Omaha, Oklahoma City and St. Louis during the morning hours, then move east through the afternoon. Read More – Source