Weather watchers are warning that a winter weather storm is expected to dump large amounts of snow on upper midwestern states later this week.
Though spring is already here, Winter Storm Wesley will be pushing through the Plains and upper midwest starting on Wednesday and intensifying on Thursday and Friday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) warns drivers that “heavy snow and strong winds will produce life-threatening travel conditions in parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest.
Winter Storm #Wesley is a beast! Blizzard conditions…icing…heavy snow…and severe, it has it all! If you need to travel, TODAY is the day because it’ll start impacting the plains tomorrow & Thursday. We’ve got the details from noon – 4pm CT (1-5pm ET) today! pic.twitter.com/InCsjXOJLT
— Liana Brackett (@LianaBrackett) April 9, 2019
The NWS has issued blizzard warnings for parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Parts of southwestern Minnesota and Wyoming could see snowfall totals of up to two feet, weather watchers warn. Wind gusts of up to 50 m.p.h. are also expected.
The Denver area could also see several inches of snow as a result of the winter storm, according to forecasters.
But Winter Storm Wesley is also expected to bring other types of severe weather conditions to other states — flooding is expected in parts of Idaho and Montana.
Winter Storm Wesley may be the second “bomb cyclone” type storm to hit the midwest in a month, weather watchers warn. The last bomb cyclone storm resulted in massive and destructive flooding, especially in Nebraska, that many midwesterners are still recovering from.