Winter storm Frona is expected to drop snow across the western United States, including up to eight inches southwest of Denver and a couple of inches in and around Las Vegas.
The storm, which is currently moving across that part of the country, is also projected to drop three to five inches of snow in Denver, one to three inches in and around Salt Lake City and Reno, and up to one inch west of Albuquerque.
The projection of up to eight inches is also in place in other areas, including Flagstaff and parts of southern Utah.
The snow in Las Vegas is an unusual forecast, but the National Weather Center says the storm is expected to bring snow as early as Tuesday night, when there’s a slight chance of snow.
That possibility increases to likely on Wednesday, or New Year’s Eve. There’s also a 20 percent chance of snow on New Year’s Day before the weather is expected to clear up.
The Weather Channel notes the storm has already dropped significant snow in some areas.
“Winter Storm Frona has brought significant snow to the Cascades, Bitterroots and the Wasatch mountains. Total snow accumulations have topped a foot in higher elevations, and winter storm warnings were posted for many of these areas. Some of those warnings have either expired or have been canceled,” it said.
“Top reported snowfall totals so far include 19 inches outside of Jaype in Clearwater County, Idaho; 18 inches at Mount Spokane Ski Resort in Washington; 18 inches near Whitefish Summit in northwest Montana; 11 inches of snow north of Elgin in northeast Oregon; and 4 inches in Holladay, Utah, near Salt Lake City.”
After the storm impacts the west, it’s expected to move eastward late this week and bring a mix of snow and ice to the southern Plains and the Midwest, and possibly parts of the East this weekend into early next week.