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Snow to Blanket Rockies, Plains Through Friday

A system tracking over the Rocky Mountains will spread snow over the region and into the Plains through the remainder of the week.

The fresh blanket of snow brought by this system will guarantee a white Christmas for folks from Idaho to South Dakota and into Utah with 1 to 3 inches in the lower elevations and up to a foot over the mountains.

This should be enough for people to be able to make snowmen in their yards during the Christmas holiday.

While some people will be enjoying the snowy sceneries, others may find the snow to be a nuisance.

Snow-covered roads should be anticipated along portions of Interstate 80 and Interstate 90 through Friday with the worst road conditions being around mountain passes.

This can become problematic on Friday as people begin to head home following Christmas celebrations.

If you are planning to travel across this region, you should allow for some extra time to reach your destination.

Know when the snow will start or stop for your exact location by using AccuWeather MinuteCast®.

After focusing on the Rocky Mountains through Thursday night, the system will shift over the Plains for the remainder of the week.

The intensity of the snow is expected to decrease as the storm progresses eastward with many areas only receiving a few inches of snow.

Denver will be the exception to this as higher snow amounts could lead to flight delays at the Denver International Airport.

This storm will signal a change in the weather pattern across the region heading into 2015 as frigid Arctic air will frequent the region.

"Highs in the single digits and even subzero will return to the northern Rockies and northern Plains early next week for the first time since the start of December. This includes Billings, Montana; Fargo, North Dakota; and Minneapolis, Minnesota," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

"Next Tuesday or Wednesday could be the coldest so far this winter season in the Desert Southwest, such as in Las Vegas, Nevada, or El Paso, New Mexico," Pydynowski continued.

This chill will not only be felt over the Rockies and the Plains, but also the Midwest and into the Northeast.