Heartland states experienced substantial snowfall, with regions in South Dakota and Colorado receiving over a foot of snow by Wednesday morning. Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas weren’t far behind in the snowfall amounts.
Reports indicated that South Dakota saw more than 14 inches of snow in certain areas, while Colorado recorded around 13 inches. Wyoming and Nebraska both received approximately 11 inches, and parts of Kansas witnessed about 8.5 inches of snow accumulation.
The severe weather conditions led to power outages affecting over 17,000 customers in North Dakota early on Wednesday, according to data from poweroutage.us.
Although additional snow accumulation was unexpected beyond a few inches in localized spots, the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska, mentioned a slight chance of lingering light snow continuing until Thursday. They also predicted isolated showers concentrated mainly in the western regions. Despite a gradual warming trend during the week, a slight temperature drop was anticipated by Sunday.
While some weather alerts in the region were set to expire on Wednesday morning, gusty winds persisted, causing snowdrifts and blowing snow across South Dakota, Nebraska, western Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Colorado experienced winds gusting up to 71 mph, while North and South Dakota reported gusts reaching 67 and 63 mph, respectively. Moreover, a freezing phenomenon coated trees and power lines with up to half an inch of ice from Minnesota to North Dakota, adding to the weather challenges faced by these states.