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West Coast Braces for Winter Storm Kayla

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | January 30, 2016

West Coast Braces for Winter Storm Kayla

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A week after the East Coast was hit by Winter Storm Jonas, the West Coast is bracing for its own storm.

Winter Storm Kayla is expected to bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions to parts of the Rockies, Plains and Upper Midwest early next week, causing road closures and flight cancellations, The Weather Channel reported.

The Weather Channel said the following on its website: “A southward plunge in the jet stream this weekend is expected to trigger the development of low pressure east of the Rockies by early next week. With the low-pressure system forecast to rapidly intensify, wrapping moisture into cold air to its north, a swath of heavy snow and strong winds is forecast to develop north and northwest of the track of the surface low.”

READ MORE: Winter Storm Jonas Still Causing Travel Headaches Monday

For now, heavy rain is spreading into the Pacific Northwest and northern California, and will slowly continue down the coast into Sunday, possibly bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms into Southern California on Sunday, according to The Weather Channel.

Heavy snow is likely to drop across the mountains, particularly the Sierra, The Weather Channel reported. Snow will also cover parts of Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Snow is expected as early as Sunday from northern Arizona to the central and southern Rockies and adjacent Front Range.

By Monday, heavy snow should reach Colorado and southern Wyoming, parts of Nebraska, western Kansas and New Mexico, The Weather Channel said. The storm is forecast to move northeastward and intensify, reaching the mid-Mississippi Valley on Tuesday.

Snow is forecast to spread into the northern Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Valley between Tuesday into Wednesday, according to The Weather Channel. By the middle of the week, the storm is expected to move northeast, causing snow showers across parts of the Great Lakes.

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The Weather Channel warns that travel could become more and more difficult, if not impossible, in the Rockies and High Plains on Monday, and in certain areas between the Missouri Valley and the Upper Mississippi Valley on Tuesday.

Roads may be need to be shut down Tuesday and Wednesday in the following areas due to blizzard conditions: eastern Colorado, western Kansas, Nebraska, western and central Iowa and southern Minnesota, The Weather Channel said. Flight delays and cancellations should be expected into and out of the following airports: Denver Int'l Airport, Minneapolis/St. Paul Int'l Airport, Chicago O'Hare & Midway and Kansas City Int'l Airport.


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