Winter Storm Kaiden: Heavy snow falling in the west
- Low pressure will persist across the west into midweek.
- Heavy snow is expected to fall in many western highlands.
- Gusty winds in parts of the region will add to dangerous travel when combined with snow.
It’s still winter, as the winter storm moving across the West reminds us. Widespread heavy snow will fall over a large swath of the western United States through midweek.
The Weather Channel has named this next system Winter Storm Kayden because of the winter storm warnings covering more than 400,000 square kilometers of the western United States, as shown in the map below.
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Where is it snowing now? Heavy snow has diminished in the Sierra but has spread across much of the higher elevations of the Interior West.
Areas as far east as North Dakota could see wintry precipitation today.
Kayden time: Snow will increase across the Inland West on Wednesday and continue into Thursday. Winds are expected to be active until Thursday in the southwest. Strong winds combined with heavy snow will create dangerous travel conditions.
By late Wednesday, a mix of rain and snow will turn to snow in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Snow will also develop in western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska Wednesday night.
The snow from Caiden will end Thursday night in the northern Plains, but the turbulent weather will continue across much of the West through the weekend.
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How much snow is expected? Snowfall totals of more than a foot will be found in the higher elevations of southern Utah, Arizona and southern Colorado.
Moderate snow is expected over a wide area from Nevada to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
Heavy snow has already fallen in California, with more than 30 inches reported at Mammoth Mountain. Another foot in the southern Sierra Nevada is possible through Thursday.
Linda Lam is Weather.com’s lead meteorologist. Growing up in Massachusetts, she developed a passion for winter storms and tornadoes that led her to pursue a career in meteorology.
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