Heavy snow blankets parts of the West, while Central, Eastern US brace for blast of cold air

Parts of the western U.S. are turning into a winter wonderland.

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A storm system is currently bringing some rain, and heavy mountain snow to parts of the Cascades mountain range and the northern Rockies. The chance for snow will persist for much of the day there.

As the storm moves east, a more organized swath of snow will develop in parts of Wyoming, with heavy snow and gusting winds impacting the region on Sunday night and Monday. There is a chance of 6 to 12 inches of snow in the highest elevations; locally 1 to 2 feet of snow in the rural areas of western Wyoming.

Police in Lynnwood, Washington, tweeted a photo of an overturned car, urging residents late Saturday afternoon, “bad weather please drive carefully.”

It’s going to be windy and snowy in parts of the West.

The central U.S. will enjoy a mild Sunday — but don’t get too used to it. The storm system moving out of the Rockies will bring drastically colder temperatures and at least some snow to the Northern Plains from Wyoming to Wisconsin. Ahead of the cold air, meteorologists will be monitoring a line of thunderstorms and heavy rain that will stretch across much of the central U.S. on late Monday into Tuesday.

The Northern Plains can expect snow this week.

On Tuesday morning, temperatures will feel like they’re in the single digits in parts of the Northern Plains: Minneapolis, for example, will feel nearly 50 degrees colder on Tuesday morning than it will feel Sunday afternoon. Four to 6 inches of snow is expected in eastern South Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Locally, 6 to 12 inches is possible in parts of the region. Limited visibility, blowing winds and snow covered roads are likely across the region on Monday and Tuesday. There remains some uncertainty, though, as to how close the heaviest snow gets to Minneapolis and Sioux Falls.

East Coasters can say goodbye to mild temperatures this week.
Arctic air is going to slam into the Midwest and South late next week.

East Coasters, be prepared to bundle up by weeks-end: This cold blast will arrive on East Coast by Thursday. Colder air moving over the Great Lake is almost certainly going to cause Lake Effect snow to develop later this week.

The Great Lakes region can expect thunderstorms on Monday.

Another system will develop in the central and Midwest U.S. by the end of this week. Given the…

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