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Date: 4/8/2019

Title: Another High Plains Snowstorm

After some warm temperatures to begin April, stock growers across the Rockies and High Plains will have to endure another potent winter storm that will bring snow, cold and wind back into the region.

Many beef producers are still recovering from the big March 13 blizzard that caused heavy losses across WY, NE, CO and SD and the recent spell of warmer and drier weather has brought some relief. However, a strong Pacific storm system will rapidly intensify over eastern Colorado by Wednesday morning brining rain, then snow and lots of wind to most of WY, NE, SD and portions of Colorado. By Thursday and Friday, winter weather will move east into the Corn Belt bringing rain/snow and cold to Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Unfortunately, there may be some additional flooding concerns in the Midwest with this storm.

Dangerous livestock weather conditions are likely in the above-mentioned areas Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hardest hit areas will be in WY, SD, NE, MN and WI. Beef producers will need to take action to protect newborns and weak livestock beginning Wednesday in the west and Thursday and Friday in areas to the east as the storm develops and moves eastward.  Strong winds will be associated with this storm causing cold wind chills and drifting.

The graphic below highlights the snow potential with this storm.