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The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings for several counties in Oregon’s central Willamette Valley. (April 9)
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Brace yourself, America, storms cranking up across a swath of the Midwest and East on Tuesday and flooding in the West could slam up to 200 million of us with a miserable menu of heavy snow, drenching rains and flooding.

Parts of the Upper Midwest could see more than a foot of snow from the slow-moving weather behemoth. On Wednesday, the region could see wind gusts of up to 60 mph thrown into the wintry mix.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings in parts of Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. 

“This may not be your typical blizzard with dry, powdery snow for the Plains and Upper Midwest,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. “But, this may be more of a plastering effect with heavy, wet snow that is difficult to shovel and plow.”

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The storm will blast through the Rockies before rolling into parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan, AccuWeather said.  Minneapolis can look forward to several inches of snow and sleet through Thursday and into Friday, forecasters said.

Snowfall in the Twin Cities in April isn’t unheard of: The area got 13.8 inches on a single day in April 1983. 

Wild temperature drops will bring weather whiplash: After a high near 80 degrees Tuesday in Denver, the low late Wednesday will be in the 20s with wind chills in the teens.

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Severe weather, including the chance for tornadoes, is possible later in the week. The greatest risk for severe weather will be in the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys Thursday. The storm threat Friday will be in the East. 

Meanwhile, two storm systems moving through the Northeast will pound part of New England with heavy, wet snow. While May-like warmth graces the mid-Atlantic through Tuesday, a strong area of high pressure over east-central Canada will prevent the warmer air from surging north and keep the storm systems on a west-to-east course through southern New England, AccuWeather said.

In Oregon, rain and flooding and snowmelt were bringing havoc to the central Willamette Valley. Flooding closed some schools and forced officials to release water from dams as record-breaking rain combined with melting mountain snow.

The National Weather Service issued flood watches and warnings for several counties after 2.34 inches of rain fell in Eugene on Sunday, setting a record. Rain continued Monday across much of the region.

Contributing: The Associated Press

 

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