Strong storm system set to deliver mix of extreme weather for much of U.S., wet weather to Houston.

HOUSTON – A vigorous storm moving out of the Rocky Mountains Tuesday night will sock many mountain areas and the Midwest with severe weather. In Houston, expect a cold front from this system to deliver some highly variable weather for the next few days.

From the Colorado Rockies to the high plains of Nebraska, winter storm warnings and blizzard warnings are in effect. Up to 16 inches of snow is expected in the mountains with blowing snow causing white-outs on roads.

Farther east, from Missouri through Iowa and Illinois, severe storms will deliver high wind, large hail, and isolated tornadoes on Wednesday as the storm system trudges forward.

A trailing cold front will bring big changes to Houston's weather  through mid-week.  Ahead of the front, on Wednesday, a strong south wind flow will bring warm, humid weather.  Highs will be in the low 80s under cloudy skies. 

As the front moves through Wednesday night, showers and possible storms will slide through southeast Texas.  Severe weather is not expected and the rain will be gone by the Thursday morning commute.

On Thursday, as the front moves into the Gulf of Mexico, Houston will be greeted by a return of cool, fall air.  It will last into the weekend, with afternoon temperatures lingering mostly in the 60s, below normal for this time of year.

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