Early winter storm hits parts of Rockies Midwest

Posted on Nov 19, 2014

A winter storm hit certain parts of states in the Rockies and the Upper Midwest hard on Nov. 10, still roughly a month away from the official end of the fall season, and the weather conditions are expected to continue for at least another day before calming. The Associated Press reported snowfall in excess of one foot in some areas, along with a cold snap that some weren't prepared for. Temperatures may drop as low as 40 degrees below the average for early November in some areas, The AP said. The storm continued over multiple days, and some areas are expected to get even more precipitation. Total snowfall is expected to reach as much as two feet by the time the weather pattern eventually moves on.

Residents of states in the upper Midwest and Rockies are shoveling out after a big storm early in the season

A wide area of effect
The Rockies and Upper Midwest states such as Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin had felt the early effects of the storm, with snowfall totals already close to or exceeding the one-foot mark. Weather predictions indicate that the storm will likely spread to other areas, including the Great Lakes region. Cities ranging from Minneapolis to Chicago have felt or will likely feel the effects of the storm as it progresses across much of the middle of the country. CNN said the snow will be mostly limited to the northern half of the eastern two-thirds of the country, although notably cold temperatures and other concerns are expected to crop up as far south as Texas.

A high level of impact on travel, business operations
While a group of firefighters in northern Wyoming was helped by the storm in battling a late-season wildfire, according to The AP, most facing the weather pattern were dealing with the usual travel delays, supply chain obstacles and other weather-related incidents that can impact businesses. CNN reported 153 flights were canceled at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which caused delays for personal and corporate travel. In the Twin Cities region alone, state police told CNN there were 475 car crashes and 702 spinouts and other instances of vehicles accidentally leaving the road.

The storm is expected to mostly dissipate before the middle of November is reached, but residents in the regions affected shouldn't move too quickly to celebrate. A similarly severe storm is predicted to hit many of the same areas several days after the first dissipates.

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