Southern Rockies, Texas brace for the return of wintry conditions

Maura Kelly

A potent storm tracking across the southern half of the country through the beginning of next week will open the door for snow to return to parts of the southern Plains.

The storm system that brought gusty winds to California over the weekend has dove southward across the southern Rockies for the early part of the week.

As cold air sinks farther south behind the storm Monday night and Tuesday, snow levels will drop to around 5,000 to 7,000 feet. This will bring snow farther south and into the lower elevations of Arizona and New Mexico.

Widespread snowfall totals of 3-6 inches are expected across these areas, including Flagstaff, Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Snowfall totals will climb higher in the mountains of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where 6-10 inches could accumulate. This heavier snow has the potential to spread into parts of the northern Texas Panhandle.

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Temperatures along the Front Range on Monday night are expected to fall around freezing in this area as precipitation arrives.

This will allow for some light snow accumulations across the northern Texas Panhandle, the Oklahoma Panhandle and far-southwestern Kansas into Tuesday morning.

The highest snowfall totals are likely across the high terrain of New Mexico where over two feet of snow is possible. Snowfall totals will likely vary across the Texas Panhandle, with the highest amounts closer to the New Mexico border.

Farther south across northern Texas, marginal temperatures could bring a wintry mixture of sleet and snow to places like Lubbock, leading to a messy Tuesday morning commute.

As temperatures rise into the afternoon hours, any precipitation still falling could begin to mix with rain, limiting the chance for any accumulation on roadways.

As the storm begins to slowly push east on Tuesday, rain showers will spread into the southern Plains.

Into the middle of the week, the storm will begin to push east and will bring the next round of rain that could aggravate flooding in the Southeast.

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