Thousands and thousands are beneath a winter storm advice as blizzards and heavy rain sweep throughout the USA
Parts of Wyoming, including Cheyenne and Nebraska are under snow storm warnings while other parts of the region are under winter storm warnings and recommendations, said CNN meteorologist Tyler Mauldin.
The system will bring about 4 inches of heavy rainfall over the Midwest over a period of 72 hours before slowly moving to the east coast next week, bringing with it humid days.
And once it tapers in the snow-hit regions on Monday, another system will be ready to take its place and continue to provide winter weather, Mauldin said.
Snow storm conditions
Snow through the central parts of the US is expected to increase on Saturday but is unlikely to peak until Sunday, Mauldin said.
Denver could see up to 2 feet of snow while the Front Range Mountains and Foothills could see potentially up to 4 feet. The highest peaks in southeast Wyoming could see more than 4 feet of snow.
This area is no stranger to snowfall in March. In fact, March is the snowiest month of the year for parts of Colorado and Wyoming. In Denver, each of the top March 10 blizzards was more than three feet of snow. This year could be added to that list.
“The current forecast snowfall numbers are absolutely historic,” said the NWS office in Cheyenne.
On Sunday, the heavy storms will push east into Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.
A tornado clock is in effect for northwest Texas and east-central New Mexico through 6:00 p.m. CST Saturday as severe weather is anticipated in the area.
Rain threatens flooding
Flood warnings are also a big problem for this system in the Midwest.
As some rivers near flood, the expected heavy rain could bring the rivers to dangerous levels.
Flooding is also a threat on Sunday, particularly in parts of Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois.
Other states – such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Indiana – could also experience flooding, especially if multiple storms are forecast to hit the same locations.
Total rainfall is expected to be in the range of 2 to 4 inches through Sunday, but some isolated spots could exceed 6 inches.