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Mid-May Colorado snow storm a sign of things to come

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Our next good storm system is now moving on shore in the Pacific Northwest and will head our direction Sunday and Monday. As it does so, it will drop A LOT of spring snow on the Colorado Rockies and surrounding states. This DOES NOT mean that there is snow in the forecast for us (to everyone’s relief), however what it does show is just how much cold air will be following the storm as the same chilly air mass will be affecting Minnesota. There is nothing unusual about Colorado receiving snow in the month of May, but it is a little more uncommon to get as much snow as there is currently in the forecast. Check out the snowfall forecast for much of that area.

6 to 18 inch totals will be pretty common across the area, with even the Denver metro slated to get 4 to 8. Some of the highest of elevation spots could get nearly 30 inches of the white stuff before the storm winds down on Monday. That’s when the cold air mass arrives in Minnesota with temperatures plummeting some 20 degrees below seasonal norms. Check out the difference in temperatures from one air mass to the next. Here is a forecast for the temperatures across the Midwest Sunday afternoon…

HUGE change in temperature to our south with parts of Kansas closing in on 100, while areas of Colorado are below freezing. Much of Minnesota will be in the 60’s and low 70’s. Now look at Monday afternoon…