An early winter storm hit the western United States over the weekend and blanketed some mountain regions with heavy snow, bringing travel headaches to the region.
Blizzard warnings currently extend from immediately west of Denver into the Dakotas, where whiteout conditions are expected to develop Monday night into Tuesday. Travel in the affected areas will be nearly impossible. The storm already brought avalanche warnings to some parts of the region, and shut down major highways due to extremely icy conditions.
The storm is now heading to the South, where it’s expected to bring severe weather, with strong winds, hail, and tornadoes in the forecast.
The National Weather Service said that parts of the plains in Colorado are expected to see whiteout and blizzard conditions on Tuesday.
The storm system will strengthen as it moves east Tuesday. It is expected to affect a large swath of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Areas including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport in Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi, could see tornadoes, high wind gusts, and damaging hail.
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