Winter Storm Wesley Projected Spring Blizzard Conditions – Winter Storm Wesley has already moved into the West and will intensify in the Plains by Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday April 11 where it will become a major blizzard, contributing to dangerous travel conditions and likely shutting down highways.
Various winter storm watches and warnings and winter weather advisories have also been posted from portions of the northern and central Rockies into the upper Mississippi Valley and northern Great Lakes.
Winter Storm Wesley will also make for rough seas on the Great Lakes, especially Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
Strong winds will create choppy seas on lakes Superior and Michigan, especially on the western end of Lake Superior closest to where Wesley is expected to track. Some lakeshore erosion and ice shoves are possible on the north and west sides of Lake Superior. Some storm surge with embedded chunks of ice is also possible.
By Friday, Wesley should be weakening, with lingering snow and wind in upper Mississippi Valley and northern Great Lakes. As it reaches the East, it will mainly produce rain and thunderstorms, even into northern New England.
Blizzard warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service from parts of northeastern Colorado to northwest Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Minnesota. This includes Denver, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Pierre, South Dakota.
In some parts of Minnesota and South Dakota, Wesley could flirt with all-time April snowstorm records, including the Twin Cities, which set their April record during Xanto last year, when 15.8 inches piled up between April 13-16.
All it would take is more than 7.6 inches Wednesday night through early Friday for Minneapolis/St. Paul to see one of its 10 heaviest April snowstorms.
Some parts of South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota could pick up more than 20 inches of snow from Wesley.
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