Snow, rough travel in Southwest and Plains early this week

A storm will hit the Southwest with heavy snowfall before spreading snow and ice through the central and southern Plains early this week.

The Interstate 25 and I-40 corridors of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico will first be impacted by the storm spanning Sunday night through Monday night.

Flagstaff, Arizona, may receive their biggest snowfall from a single storm yet this season, with around a foot possible.

Accumulating snow and slippery travel can occur as far south as the mountains to the northeast of Tucson, Arizona, later Monday.

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Snow totals on the order of 1-2 feet are expected across the Rocky Mountains in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

The I-25 corridor from Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, to Raton and Las Vegas, New Mexico, is expected to be severely impacted by snow, gusty winds and difficult travel Monday into Tuesday.

Travel is expected to be dangerous and nearly impossible across the Four Corners region during the height of the storm as visibility is reduced from blowing and drifting snow and roads become snow packed.

Anyone on the roadways will run the risk of becoming stranded.

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Those out shoveling or playing in the snow across Colorado and northern New Mexico will need to be thoroughly bundled up, with highs only in the teens and 20s F and even lower AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.

Make sure you know the warning signs of frostbite or hypothermia before heading outside.

Children may get another day off school due to the treacherous conditions following the Presidents Day holiday.

While the heaviest snow will stay to the south of the Denver metro area, the city can receive a slippery inch or two of snow Sunday night into Monday.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, may be whitened by just enough snow, around a coating to an inch or two, on Monday night to create slick roads and sidewalks for the Tuesday morning commute.

Download the free AccuWeather app to find out just how much snow will fall in your area.

The storm, with its accompanying snow, will spread through the Central states Tuesday into Wednesday.

This system can bring several inches of snow from the central Plains through the Midwest, with icy conditions possible to the south, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston.

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A light but slippery accumulation of snow will first target the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles on Tuesday, before the snowy conditions sweep northeastward.

Enough snow to shovel and plow is expected to fall from Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, to Kansas City, Missouri; Grand Island and Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; and Marquette, Michigan, around midweek.

Portions of interstates 29, 35, 70, 80, 90 and 94 can become slippery and snow covered, making it vital for motorists to slow down to lessen the risk of a multi-vehicle pileup.

School delays and closures are possible.

To the south of the snow zone, an icy mix will threaten a corridor from around Wichita Falls, Texas, and Oklahoma City to Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri.

The same storm will threaten the South with flooding rainfall and the Northeast with snow and ice.

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