Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Western Storm Still Organizing

Well the western storm is still organizing today, and let me just tell you first hand, it is packing a punch!

Sitting at about 7 inches of snow on the ground here at my house in the southeast Denver metro area. I should easily be able to add another 6 to 12 inches to that before all is said and done tomorrow.

On the west side of town, in the foothills, the snow has accumulated to over a foot in many locations.

On Tuesday, as the low pressure formed over the Great Basin, it brought incredible wind to the southwestern US.

Flights into places like Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles were what I like to call "white-knuckled" for lack of a better term -- meaning passengers likely had a tight grip on the arm rests!!

Gusts to over 70 mph were reported on Whittier Peak just outside of L.A., and across the higher terrain of Nevada.

As you can imagine, the winds produced several dust storms that hampered ground travel.

As the storm pulls east today, there is the chance for a little bit of severe weather across the high plains of Texas and Oklahoma, outlined below.

Elsewhere, it's wet today across upstate New York with blinding rain at times along the New York State Throughway.

Residents of the south are catching a small break in the action before more rain moves in to end the work week.

And for many in the Rockies and across the High Plains, it is winter! Just look at the slew of watches, warnings and advisories in place on the map below.

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