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Fall Storm Swoops Across The Plains

UPDATED 3 PM CDT, October 14, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The Central Plains is beginning the work week with a fresh round of severe weather. On the colder side of the same weather system triggering the storms, snow is blanketing the Northern Rockies. The good news is the front producing the Central U.S. stormy skies is quickly on the move.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect from near North Platte, Neb., to the Kansas and Oklahoma border. McCook, Neb., and Hill City, Garden City and Dodge City, Kan., are included.

Storms with a history of damaging winds and large hail in places like Imperial, Neb., and Charleston, Kan., are quickly taking shape between Interstates 70 and 80 in the Plains. The storms are heading rapidly to the northeast.

The biggest threat will continue to be large hail and destructive winds, with places like Lincoln, Neb., and Wichita, Kan., should be on guard for threatening late-day skies. The storms will lose their punch as they slide towards far eastern Kansas and Nebraska this evening and encounter a cooler air mass in place.

The cold front and attached low pressure causing the storms is drawing in colder air on its backside, allowing moisture pin wheeling around the low to be squeezed out as snow in the Northern Rockies.

Already, 9 inches have blanketed Hahns Park, Colo., with 7 inches in McLeod, Mont. A foot could fall before the snow ends early Tuesday in the Northern Rockies. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are scattered from southeastern Montana into northern Colorado and far western South Dakota. The Dakota`s northern Black Hills could also see 6 to 12 inches of fresh accumulation.

A tight pressure change between the departing low early Tuesday and incoming high pressure will bring gusty winds to the Northern and Central Plains. Widespread Wind Advisories are in place from western South Dakota to northwestern Kansas. Sustained winds will be 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph could cause sporadic power outages and make travel difficult Tuesday morning along Interstates 70, 80 and 90.

The front is wasting no time moving east, with storms quickly ending this evening in the eastern Plains and the snow ending by midday Tuesday in the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains. Rain will spread ahead of the front into the Great Lakes, Mississippi Valley and Mid-South Tuesday but since the best upper-level support with the front will be heading into Canada, the storms that develop won`t be nearly as strong as today`s activity in the Central Plains.

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