A winter storm sweeping over the southern Rockies and High Plains is forecast to continue impacting parts of five US states with snow and strong winds through Friday morning.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a series of warnings and weather advisories alerting residents in Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas to anticipate hazardous winter conditions over the next 36 hours.
The affected regions span from the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas up through Colorado and into southern Alaska. Additional snow accumulations between 3 to 10 inches are predicted across northeastern New Mexico and localized areas of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas over the next day.
Gusty winds accompanying the storm may also lead to reduced visibility and blowing snow.
The NWS reports that the winter storm initially formed over southern Colorado and northern New Mexico earlier this week. It is expected to continue tracking eastward, impacting areas across the central High Plains and southern Rockies through early Friday.
The weather system is forecast to produce widespread snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches from northeastern New Mexico across southeastern Colorado. Isolated higher elevations could see up to 16 inches of new snowfall.
The agency's warnings include regions of eastern New Mexico stretching from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains northeastward to the Santa Fe metro area. Cities near Interstate 25, such as Walsenburg and Trinidad in Colorado, will also likely be impacted by additional heavy snow bands through Thursday night.
Gusty northerly winds behind the winter storm may lead to blowing snow and hazardous travel conditions on certain roadways.
The NWS has also highlighted the threat for accumulating snow farther east over the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles. Areas west of Boise City, Oklahoma and Dalhart, Texas, may receive up to 7 inches of new snowfall.
An inch or two of snow is possible as far south as Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas. Motorists across these parts of the southern High Plains are urged to exercise caution if travelling on Thursday.