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Spring snow to threaten Four Corners early this week


A spring storm moving through the Rockies early this week will keep the chance of accumulating April snow alive in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

This cold storm diving into the Southwest on Monday will strengthen as it swings into the central Plains.

As a result, “more snow is set to strike the Four Corners early this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.

Despite pleasant temperatures to close out the weekend, this storm will coat Utah and Arizona with snow mainly late on Monday into Tuesday morning.

The Grand Staircase National Monument and Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in Utah can anticipate at least an aesthetically pleasing coating of snow to accumulate through Tuesday morning.

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In Arizona, those visiting Grand Canyon National Park will need to drive cautiously on Tuesday as roads leading to and from the area will be slick with fresh snow from Monday night.

The swath of higher terrain stretching through the Apache National Forest in Arizona to Gila National Forest in New Mexico can also expect snow showers into Tuesday morning.

Much like last week, portions of interstates 70 and 25, west and south of Denver will face wintry weather.

While daytime temperatures in the mid-50s on Monday will be near the seasonal average, Denver is no stranger to springtime snow.

“Despite March being the snowiest month across Denver, they still average 7 inches of snow in April,” Rathbun said.

“However, the heaviest snow will fall across the Colorado Rockies and along the Palmar Divide,” he explained.

Residents of the Denver area can expect some snow to accumulate mostly on raised and grassy surfaces.

Snow showers on Tuesday could extend as far northward as Fort Collins, Colorado, and eastward to the tri-state area of Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas as well.

“A nice warmup will be in store for the remainder of the week,” said Rathbun.

An area of high pressure is expected to fill in behind the storm, providing several days of dry, calm weather in the Southwest.