Snowy week ahead for parts of the Rockies, including Colorado (FORECAST)

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By: Quincy Vagell, Weather.com

The recent snowy pattern shows no signs of stopping in the week ahead across the Rockies and parts of the northern Plains, as another system targets the region with a prolonged period of snow.

This snow isn't anything unusual, considering that March is typically the snowiest month of the season for much of the Rockies, particularly portions of Colorado and Wyoming.

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Snowy week ahead for parts of the Rockies, including Colorado (FORECAST)
DENVER, CO - March 23: Airline passengers brave blowing snow during a blizzard at Denver International Airport March 23, 2016. Hundreds of flights were canceled. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - March 23: Airline passengers check the monitors only to see hundreds of canceled flights due to the blizzard at Denver International Airport March 23, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - March 23: A woman scrapes off her windshield during a blizzard at Denver International Airport March 23, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - MARCH 23: Bus computers shelter behind the bus stop along Colfax Ave. in Lakewood as snow continues to fall, March 23, 2016. The Denver area is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. as a heavy band of snow is expected to combine with gusty winds up to 39 mph. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - MARCH 23: A man try to get his shopping cart to his car as snow continues to fall in Lakewood, March 23, 2016. The Denver area is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. as a heavy band of snow is expected to combine with gusty winds up to 39 mph. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - MARCH 23: Luis Valdez clears snow from the walkways outside Westwood Inn Restaurant in Lakewood as snow continues to fall, March 23, 2016. The Denver area is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. as a heavy band of snow is expected to combine with gusty winds up to 39 mph. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 23: Stephanie Lugo (left) and Jule Coppa (right) speak with Thomas Ricketts as they volunteer with Christ in the City in Lincoln Park. The missionary group gathers at the park every Wednesday to feed and build community with the city's homeless population. Denver received more than a 10 inches of snow on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 23: Cori Echevarria walks down 13th on Capitol Hill. Denver received more than a 10 inches of snow on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - MARCH 23: Jennifer Severs navigates slush and large downed branches as she walks along 9th street with her dog Buddy on March 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. Heavy wet snow left many without power and broke branches from big trees. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - MARCH 23: Liza Greifinger talks with a friend on the phone and admires the amount of snow that has fallen on March 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. Heavy wet snow left many without power and broke branches from big trees. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - March 23: An airline passenger makes their way to the Westin Hotel at the Denver International Airport in bitter winds and heavy snow March 23, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - March 23: Airline passengers and a pilot make their way to the Westin Hotel at the Denver International Airport in bitter winds and heavy snow March 23, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - March 23: Snowed in vehicles on top of the west side parking garage at Denver International Airport March 23, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - March 23: Folks head over to the Westin Hotel at the Denver International Airport in bitter winds and heavy snow during a blizzard March 23, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - MARCH 23: Roads in Highlands Ranch were slushy after an overnight blizzard dumped snow March 23, 2016 in Highlands Ranch. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - MARCH 23: An overnight blizzard dumps snow weighing down the trees and covering this face on the tree in the Indigo Hills subdivision March 23, 2016 in Highlands Ranch. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - MARCH 23: An overnight blizzard dumps snow covering the swings in the Indigo Hills subdivision March 23, 2016 in Highlands Ranch. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - MARCH 23: An overnight blizzard dumps snow burying the fire hydrant in the Indigo Hills subdivision March 23, 2016 in Highlands Ranch. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - MARCH 23: An overnight blizzard dumps snow weighing down the trees in the Indigo Hills subdivision March 23, 2016 in Highlands Ranch. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - MARCH 23: An overnight blizzard dumps snow weighing down the trees and covering signs in the Indigo Hills subdivision March 23, 2016 in Highlands Ranch. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 23: Miranda Klein walks from the Denver Art Museum to her Home down 14th as snow falls. Denver received more than a 10 inches of snow on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 23: A man walks in front of the Capitol Building. Denver received more than a 10 inches of snow on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 23: Joelle Pierre walks down 14th as she waits for a bus to take her home on Capitol Hill. Denver received more than a 10 inches of snow on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 23: Matt Campagnoli rides a Burton powder surfer in front of the Colorado State Capitol. Denver received more than a 10 inches of snow on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 23: Robert and Courtney Butker play with their dog, Rocky, on Capitol Hill. Denver received more than a 10 inches of snow on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - MARCH 23: A home is covered in snow during a spring storm in Lakewood, March 23, 2016. The Denver area is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. as a heavy band of snow is expected to combine with gusty winds up to 39 mph. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - MARCH 23: A willow tree is seen through falling snow in Lakewood, March 23, 2016. The Denver area is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. as a heavy band of snow is expected to combine with gusty winds up to 39 mph. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NEDERLAND, CO - MARCH 23: Rural mailboxes are covered in snow on March 23, 2016 in Nederland, Colorado. Over 14 inches of snow fell in the area overnight and into the day. The slow moving storm caught people by surprise with the amount of snow it dumped in a short amount of time. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - MARCH 23: Brian Veltman try to save his trees and shrubs from breaking in heavy snow outside his home Lakewood, March 23, 2016. The Denver area is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. as a heavy band of snow is expected to combine with gusty winds up to 39 mph. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ARVADA, CO - MARCH 23: Cows huddle together along State Hwy 72 trying to block the steady blowing snow thats blanketing the area March 23, 2016 in Arvada, CO. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Pedestrians struggle to climb the hill south of the State Capitol as a spring storm packing high winds and wet, heavy snow blanketed Denver Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The wet, heavy snow and strong winds have crippled travel in north central Colorado, shutting down some highways and schools and even Denver's airport. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A bicycle is encased in wet, heavy snow as a spring storm blankets downtown Denver early Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The wet, heavy snow and strong winds have crippled travel in north central Colorado, shutting down some highways and schools and canceling flights at Denver's airport. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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A brief break in the action was seen on Sunday, but now a southward dip in the jet stream will make way for a slow-moving storm system for much of the upcoming week.

This multi-day event will affect a large portion of the central and western United States, from the Sierra across the Intermountain West, Rockies, parts of the northern Plains and possibly the Upper Midwest.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for parts of several states from Montana to Utah and Nevada.

Unlike Winter Storm Selene, however, this upcoming event is not expected to bury the immediate Denver area with copious amounts of snow.

Storm Impacts

  • Over a foot of snow possible: The higher elevations of the central and northern Rockies from Colorado and Wyoming into southern Montana. Locally, over a foot is possible in parts of northern Utah as well.

  • At least 6 inches of snow possible: Parts of the Sierra, much of the Intermountain West from Nevada to western and northern Utah into southern Idaho. Portions of the northern High Plains in eastern Wyoming, the Nebraska panhandle and possibly the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    Cities: Billings | Casper
  • Less than 6 inches of snow expected: The central High Plains from eastern Colorado into portions of western Nebraska. Parts of the western Dakotas and far northern New Mexico should expect generally light snowfall amounts. Some light snow may also extend east into Minnesota and northern Wisconsin by the middle of the week.
    Cities: Reno | Salt Lake City | Denver | Rapid City | Duluth, Minnesota
  • Power Outages, Tree Damage Possible: Parts of the Rockies and adjacent High Plains could see power outages and tree damage due to the heavy, wet nature of the snow.

Below is a daily breakdown of how the forecast is setting up.

Monday: Storm Begins to Develop

Low pressure begins to take shape over the Great Basin. As colder air dives southward, snow levels begin to fall, causing rain to change to snow over parts of Nevada and northern Utah. This snow will become locally heavy, with snow also piling up across the Sierra.

Generally light snow or a mixture of rain and snow falls across parts of Utah, western Montana and western Wyoming.

Ahead of the storm, mild conditions prevail, with much of Colorado seeing high temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Much like the setup leading up to Winter Storm Serene, don't expect this to last.

Strong winds will develop in the Southwest, where gusts over 70 mph are possible in parts of southeast California, southern Nevada (including Las Vegas), and northwest Arizona. The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings and advisories for this area.

Cities: Reno | Salt Lake City | Colorado Springs

Tuesday: Snow Overspreads Rockies

Snow shifts east across the northern Rockies, with the heaviest snowfall targeting the higher elevations of Wyoming. Most of the snow across the Northwest and California will come to an end early Tuesday.

Snow continues through the day over parts of northeast Nevada, Utah and southern Idaho. A mixture of snow and rain is expected at Salt Lake City, with more significant accumulation in the higher terrain.

While snow is first confined to the highest elevations in Colorado on Tuesday, colder air eases in, gradually lowering snow levels. High temperatures reach the 60s again across the Front Range, but temperatures will drop off quickly into Tuesday night statewide.

Cities: Elko | Twin Falls, Idaho | Billings

Wednesday-Thursday: Snow Continues

As low pressure ejects into the Plains on Wednesday, colder air will continue to sink south across the Rockies and High Plains.

Rain is expected to mix with and change to snow in parts of the Denver metro area, while heavy snow remains possible over much of the central Rockies from Colorado to Wyoming.

Snow gradually tapers off over the Intermountain West, while some wet snow could possibly fall as far south as far northern New Mexico.

Cities: Cheyenne | Denver | Scottsbluff

Through the day on Wednesday, rain initially overspreads the northern Plains, but that rain is forecast to change to snow from west to east across the High Plains of the western Dakotas. Some wet snow could also fall and accumulate in the panhandle of Nebraska.

Into Thursday, as the low moves into the Upper Midwest, snow should taper off across the Rockies and High Plains. Details are unclear at this time, but some light snow or a mixture of rain and snow could reach parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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