WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A day after temperatures reached the 90s in Denver, the temperatures dropped and brought snowfall with it too.
- Winter storm warnings were also issued in Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico.
- The cold front will also provide a focus for heavy rain in the Central US and the upper Midwest.
Forecasters said that after temperatures reached the scorching 90s in Denver, it plummeted the day after. On Tuesday, temperature was only expected to top out in the 30s.
According to AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda, wild swings in temperature such as this usually happen during the winter. “This would be the earliest in recorded history that a swing of this magnitude occurs.”
Along with the frigid temperatures, Denver expects snowfall of around 3 to 6 inches away from paved surfaces by Wednesday morning. In the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains, the National Weather Service said that accumulations of up to 2 feet are to be expected. They also warned of the snowfall causing broken tree limbs, power outages, and slick mountain roads.
Aside from Colorado, portions of Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico also have winter storm warnings in effect. In northern Utah, temperatures plunged by 40 degrees and strong winds knocked out power.
Parts of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Minnesota also posted freeze and frost warnings.
One positive thing is that the heavy snow may help to quell the Cameron Peak Fire. During the hot Labor Day weekend, the blaze managed to quadruple in size.
The Weather Service said that the heatwave in the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin will be eased by the spreading cooler air mass. According to Weather.com, the “triple-digit heat” that has also scorched the West Coast for the past few days will be gone by the middle of the week.
The cold front that caused the chill in the Rockies will slowly proceed east through the end of the week, making way for heavy rain in the central US and upper Midwest north of the front.
Source: USA Today