There's a storm on the way that's going to remind Midwesterners that winter isn't over until it's over.
The potential is there for a "bomb cyclone" to impact the Plains this week. That's an area of low pressure that drops 24 millibars in 24 hours -- aka a potent, rapidly intensifying storm system.
Things begin to unravel Tuesday
This powerful storm is forecast to develop Tuesday in the Rockies, where it will rapidly intensify and bring blizzard-like conditions to the Plains on Wednesday.
Winter storm watches are already posted for parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.
Up to 18 inches of snow will be possible with wind gusts of 45-50 mph in the Dakotas into Minnesota, along with white-out conditions.
Overnight temperatures (into Thursday) in the Plains will drop 40 degrees in just 12 hours!
Thursday the storm will reach the Midwest, bringing with it the heavy snow. Ten inches of snow is possible for places like Minneapolis.
On Thursday the thunderstorm threat will shift farther east into Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds are likely with some of the storms.
Keep in mind that mid-week air travel will be impacted by this massive storm system...plus any rain or snow as a part of this storm will exacerbate flooding concerns through the Midwest.