Major storm system set to lash the nation's midsection

Snow, tornadoes, hail, wind all in forecast

By Eric Braate - Weather Executive Producer
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HOUSTON - A very potent storm system is winding up out west today, and it could cause major problems for much of the nation through the end of the week.

A large area of low pressure moving in from the west coast and through the Rocky Mountains Monday will likely bring large hail, damaging wind and the threat for tornadoes to the high plains of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska.  By Monday night, the storm will dump over a foot of snow in parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.  The Denver area could get up to 9 inches of snow!

After Monday, the storm will kick out of the Rocky Mountains and into the Great Plains. Tuesday and Wednesday promise a lot of wild weather from Texas to the Great Lakes.  Tornadoes, Wind and Hail will be the biggest weather threats.

The heart of this storm, where the greatest amount of energy exists, will pass north of Houston.  This core of intense energy is where the severe weather potential is highest.  We will be on the very southern fringe of the storm system as it tears eastward.  So, while we can't rule out some strong thunderstorm activity by Wednesday, the likelihood will be low compared to our neighbors to the north in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.   

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