Published November 02, 2013
A new snowmaker is in the works for next week and is set to spread from Colorado and Wyoming to the Upper Midwest.
Monday night through Wednesday morning, the potential exists for snow to spread northeastward from western and northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming to the vicinity of far western Lake Superior.
Cities in this path include Cheyenne, Wyo., Denver, Colo., Valentine, Neb., Sioux Falls, S.D., St. Cloud and Duluth, Minn., and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Depending on the exact track of the storm delivering the snow, Minneapolis could see the return of accumulating snow or at least wet snowflakes.
The snow on Tuesday should also edge northward to the Black Hills and Rapid City, S.D., where the early October blizzard devastated the region's cattle herd and dropped up to four feet of snow.
The good news is that the upcoming snow event will dramatically pale in comparison to that blizzard.
A few inches of accumulation is generally expected along the snow's path Monday night through Wednesday morning. However, there could be locally higher totals.
Since persistent cold has been lacking across the region recently, the heaviest snow totals will occur on grassy and elevated surfaces.
That is not to say that those planning to travel on Interstates 25, 29, 35, 76, 80, 90 and 94 should let their guard down. There can still be some accumulation on roads and slick travel, especially where the snow falls during the night and where it comes down heavily during the day.
Airline travelers should also prepare for possible flight delays.
South of the snow, rain will spread across the rest of the Plains, lower Mississippi Valley and Midwest Tuesday and Wednesday. Some of the rain will be heavy, but a repeat of the damaging winds across the Midwest is not expected.
The potential for severe weather to return to the western Gulf Coast is being monitored.
The storm will generally be rainmaker across the East late in the week. However, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are keeping an eye on the possibility of colder air catching up to the back-edge of the rain and causing a changeover to snow in the Northeast.