Winter storm continues to affect the central part of the country today producing heavy rain and snow, and maybe even a few severe storms in TX as well. Snow is expected to build from eastern MT and the Dakotas into MN by this afternoon and evening. Widespread snow amounts of 3-7 inches are possible across the Dakotas and northern half of MN by Thursday morning with the highest totals coming in the eastern Dakotas, and parts of southeast SD and southern MN will begin as snow and gradually change to rain late in the evening into the overnight. Further south through the central and northern Plains much of the precipitation will be rain until late this evening when west central NE, far west KS and far east CO change to snow with some of these areas having a chance at 3-7 inches of snow accumulating by Thursday morning. The rain with this system could be heavy at times with widespread 1-2 inch totals possible by Thursday morning in eastern NE, KS, and TX, northwest MO, much of IA, and southern MN.
Another system will affect the northwest today with rain shower chances from the Cascades westward and snow chances from the Cascades eastward into ID, western MT, and northern UT and NV with the higher snow totals in the Cascades of OR and WA.