Blizzard to Hit Central States: Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas to See Up to 24 Inches of Snow

 @julia_greenberg
on February 02 2012 3:03 PM
Blizzard Digging Out
A blizzard is expected to hit central U.S. late Thursday and into Friday, dumping at least a dozen inches of snow in the Eastern Plains region, including Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas. The area could see up to 24 inches of snow. Pictured here is a blizzard in Hays, Kansas from a previous blizzard. REUTERS

A blizzard is expected to hit central U.S. late Thursday and into Friday, dumping at least a dozen inches of snow in the Eastern Plains region, including Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas.

The National Weather Service has put out a blizzard warning for the three Midwestern states, which is in effect from 11 p.m. MST Thursday through Saturday morning. Ten to 24 inches of snow are expected to accumulate in the region. Denver could see up to 14 inches of snow.

A winter storm watch has also been issued for surrounding regions, including Iowa and Wyoming, which will be in effect late Friday through Saturday evening.

The winter storm is expected to start late Thursday in three southwest Nebraska counties and portions of Kansas and Colorado. As the storm heads east, it could hit the rest of Nebraska, southeast Wyoming, northeast Colorado, northwest Kansas and western Iowa. The storm will last into Saturday.

If you have travel plans along I-80, I-70 and I-25 from late Thursday through Friday night across the states mentioned above, you may want to hold off. The combination of snow and gusty winds will make travel dangerous, warns Weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. Blizzard conditions are expected Thursday night through Friday night or early Saturday in parts of eastern Colorado, northwest Kansas, western and central Nebraska!

The winter storm will make travel difficult and should be avoided. Pets and livestock should also be moved inside prior to the onset of the storm as harsh blizzard conditions may be dangerous for the animals.

Dolce also reports that Texas, Oklahoma, the Ohio Valley and other states in the mid- to southeast region may be hit with a cold front and rain late Thursday through the weekend. The Northwest will not be impacted by the storm. 

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