Matt Schubert shovels snow away from the batting cage on a high school baseball field on Monday in Brainerd, Minn. More snow is forecast in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday.
(USA TODAY) -- A ferocious storm is dumping heavy snow across portions of the
Rockies and northern Plains on Tuesday. Winter storm warnings are in
effect from New Mexico to Wisconsin, while a few portions of Colorado
and Utah are under blizzard warnings.
Meanwhile, the same storm
could bring severe weather and tornadoes to portions of the central and
southern Plains Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Prediction Center reports that Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls are under
the greatest threat for tornadoes and big hailstorms later Tuesday, and
cities such as Dallas, Kansas City, Tulsa and Wichita could also see
In all, about 20 million people are at risk of severe weather Tuesday.
Monday, four tornadoes were reported in northeastern Colorado, but no
injuries were reported. Farther west, wild winds from the storm lashed
portions of California and Arizona, knocking out power to thousands and
Denver, the snow also came with a shocking temperature drop: the city
reached 71 degrees Monday afternoon, but was 16 degrees as of Tuesday
morning, AccuWeather reported.
With forecasters predicting 6 to
11 inches, Denver Public Schools closed all schools and offices Tuesday.
Colorado's largest school district, Jeffco Public Schools, was among
those canceling classes.
Denver International Airport reported
more than 400 canceled flights early Tuesday and warned travelers to be
ready for delays as planes were de-iced. About half of the cancellations
were commuter flights, airport officials said.
Areas of snow,
locally heavy, are forecast throughout the day across the mountains of
Utah, much of Colorado and Wyoming, and into western, central, and
northeastern South Dakota, the Weather Channel reports. Up to 7 inches
of snow has fallen on Rapid City, S.D. thus far, according to
An icy mix of sleet and freezing rain is likely
Tuesday night for eastern Nebraska, far northwest Iowa, southeast South
Dakota, and much of southern Minnesota, the Weather Channel reports. The
greatest risk of significant ice accumulation should be to be in
southeast South Dakota and southern Minnesota during this period.
The Weather Channel has named the storm Winter Storm Walda as part of its winter storm-naming system.
More severe weather is forecast from the storm in the Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.