Apparently, some parts of the United States are not done with winter weather just yet, with a wild string of weather coming on its way. Veuer’s Nick Cardona has that story.

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – A “potentially historic” spring storm was poised to blast through parts of the West Midwest with blizzard conditions Wednesday before rolling east with downpours, high winds and possibly tornadoes.

The severe weather pattern threatens 200 million Americans over the next couple days, a blockbuster follow-up to the “bomb cyclone” that blasted the region last month.

“A potentially historic storm will arrive late Wednesday, bringing a variety of precipitation types, strong wind gusts in excess of 50 mph, and very heavy snow totals,” the National Weather Service in Minneapolis warned. “Prepare now for a severe winter storm.”

Parts of Northern Colorado could see up to eight inches of snow and wind gusts approaching 70 mph, the weather service says . If a blizzard hits here, it would be Fort Collins’ second in a month. The “bomb cyclone” – a rapidly intensifying weather system – that hit March 13 on its way through much of the West and Midwest dropped heavy snow and left dozens of vehicles stranded on local highways in white-out conditions. 

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In a rite of spring for Colorado, temperatures in Fort Collins will plummet from Tuesday’s high of 77 degrees to the 20s by Wednesday night, the weather service predicts. 

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High winds and blizzard conditions were poised to sweep through much of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. To the east and south, thunderstorms and high winds threaten areas recovering from recent flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

“Heavy snow and strong winds will produce life-threatening travel conditions in parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest,” the National Weather Service warned. “The heavy wet snow may also lead to power outages.”

AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski warned that many will see heavy, wet snow that is difficult to plow and heavy to shovel. Travel will likely be snarled as airports and highways struggle under the burden.

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The storm will blast through the Rockies before rolling into parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan, AccuWeather said. Parts of Minnesota can look forward to up to a foot of snow and sleet through Thursday and into Friday, forecasters said. 

Minneapolis/St. Paul could see one of its top 10 biggest April snowstorms if it picks up more than 7.6 inches Wednesday night through early Friday, according to the Weather Channel. The network has named the storm Winter Storm Wesley.

On Thursday, parts of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee could face “damaging” wind gusts, large hail, heavy rain and possibly tornadoes, AccuWeather said.

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Following the storm, the melted snow will only exacerbate the flood threat across the north-central U.S. over the next few weeks. 

Severe weather, including the chance for tornadoes, is possible later in the week. The greatest risk for severe weather will be in southern Nebraska and northern Kansas on Wednesday and in Illinois and Indiana on Thursday, the Storm Prediction Center said. The storm threat Friday will shift toward the East. 

And even though New Mexico and western Texas will miss out on the snow, howling winds gusting as high as 90 mph will create a high risk of wildfires on Wednesday.

Storms moving through the Northeast will pound part of New England with heavy, wet snow Wednesday, AccuWeather said.

Bacon and Rice reported from McLean, Va. Contributing: The Associated Press


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