Many parts of the United States saw some extreme weather last week. Not only was record-breaking snowfall, but also scores of reports of severe weather including more than a dozen tornadoes that did some substantial damage and claimed the lives of 3 people. The coming week is going to be somewhat similar with more unwanted snow and the threat of severe thunderstorms developing across the country’s mid-section.
A new system is pushing across the Rockies and will make its way into the central portion of the nation beginning Sunday and lasting through Thursday. This storm is creating a threat for new snow and even the possibility of blizzard-like weather in the Dakotas. Bismark may be the hardest hit area in the region with over 12 inches of snow piling up. Heavy snow in North Dakota will bring with it a real threat of major flooding on rivers in that state. The Red River in particular is one that forecasters will be watching closely from now until the beginning of May.
The system’s cold front will run into much warmer air to make conditions ripe for severe weather from the eastern portion of Utah, western Illinois down to eastern Kansas. Cedar Rapids IA, Kansas City, MO and Wichita, KS all could see strong damaging winds and large hail from these thunderstorms. As the intense storm gradually becomes weaker Sunday night into Monday across the northern portion of Minnesota as it moves into Canada, it’s lingering cold front could trigger more severe weather in the Mississippi Valley region of the country.
Forecasters are warning that the new storm system could bring considerable snow amounts not only to the Dakotas, but also to portions of eastern Montana. North Dakota was put under a winter storm warning late Sunday as the heavy snow was being forecast to develop over the state Sunday night. This new system is right on the heels of one which brought freezing rain and heavy snowfall to South Dakota last week that took down tree limbs and powerlines. Folks living in the Sioux Falls area are still recovering from last week’s storm as there were still over 8,000 Xcel Energy customers without power as of Sunday night.