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Northern Plains Blizzard Tonight; Next Storm Aims for Denver

Blizzard conditions have been raging through parts of the Dakotas much of the day and they will continue through tonight while shifting into parts of Minnesota. Another storm is on deck during this wild spring and it will take aim on Denver and parts of the Rockies early this week.

Upwards of a foot and a half of snow has been reported across central parts of North Dakota so far and some areas will end up with locally two feet before all is said and done.

Heavy snow will shift from North Dakota and northeast South Dakota this evening into northern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota overnight. This will bring accumulating snow to Bemidji, International Falls, and Grand Forks, N.D.

AccuWeather.com Meteorologists are expecting additional snow accumulations of 6-12 inches from near Bismarck, N.D. through Grand Forks, N.D. and International Falls, Minn.

These hefty snow amounts will extend into parts of western Ontario as well. Accumulations on the order of 3-6 inches are likely from Dickinson, N.D. through St. Cloud, Minn. with 1-3 inches falling on Duluth, Minn., Aberdeen, S.D. and Williston, N.D.

Expect travel delays and restrictions along Interstate 94 across North Dakota and Interstate 29 through eastern North Dakota as well as parts of I-94 in Minnesota.

The heaviest snow on Monday will shift into western Ontario as the storm producing the snow weakens.

Our attention then shifts to a new storm which will dive from the Pacific Northwest Monday into the Rockies on Tuesday before ejecting into the Plains on Wednesday.

According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andy Mussoline, "The potential for a major snowfall may lead to the snowiest April for Denver in years."

"The potential exists for a major snow event depending on exactly where a surface storm moves out of the Rockies," stated Expert Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark. "Right now the potential for a major snow event is rather high though it may be too early to pin down exact accumulations," he said.

AccuWeather.com Meteorologists are preliminarily several inches of snow on Monday night in the Denver metro area with another round of heavier snow likely Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Mussoline also states that "Last week's storm has already provided the snowiest April for Denver since 2009. However, with more snow on the way next week, Denver may wind up with the snowiest April since 2005, when 11.4 inches of snow was put into the record books."

Additional heavy snows are likely farther north in Cheyenne and Casper, Wyo. with the storm tracking to their south.

AccuWeather.com Meteorologists will have additional information on this upcoming storm system early in the upcoming week.

As always you can see the latest snow maps in the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center.