Winter Storm Could Target Northern Rockies, Plains Sunday

The third storm in 10 days may target areas from Wyoming and Colorado to the northern Plains beginning Sunday and continuing into next week.

While how much snow, rain and wind affect specific areas are dependent on the exact track and strength of the storm, enough snow could fall on parts of Wyoming and western South Dakota to cause travel problems.

Early indications are that from 6 to 12 inches can fall on the mountains in Wyoming to perhaps a light coating of snow over the High Plains.

The same storm has a chance at bringing snow farther east over portions of North Dakota, Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan next week.

Much of Wyoming, northern Colorado and western South Dakota were hit by a blizzard Oct. 3 and 4, 2013, with up to 4 feet of snow falling on the Black Hills.

A slightly warmer storm brought heavy rain, high winds and thunderstorms to part of the same area Oct. 10 and 11, 2013.

Rapid City, S.D., was one of the cities smack in the middle of both storms during the first part of October. After receiving about 2 feet of snow from the first storm, windswept rain, winds gusting between 50 and 60 mph and RealFeel® temperatures in the 20s hit the area Friday.

Denver escaped the full fury of both storms but managed to get a little snow and gusty winds from the first storm and 50-mph wind gusts from the second storm. Whether or not the Mile High City escapes the worst this time will depend on the exact track of the storm. A southward shift could bring lower temperatures and snow into the area Monday.

Regardless of whether or not the storm itself bring snow to Minneapolis and other cities over the Upper Midwest, some of the coldest air of the season so far will settle in later next week.