A wintry storm Saturday packing high winds brought up to two feet of snow to the Rockies on its way to the Plains. But the Midwest and South basked in a spring heat wave that set record highs in 23 cities across 11 states.
Temperatures reached a summery 90 degrees in Atlanta and 89 in Springfield, Ill. Readings in the 80s and 90s Friday set records in 18 cities in eight Midwestern and Southern states, the National Weather Service said.
The storm blanketed parts of Colorado with 11 inches of snow and Alta, Utah, with two feet of snow, the weather service said.
Roads were snowpacked and slushy in the Colorado mountains, a state patrol dispatcher said.
Winter storm warnings were posted across the western and northern mountain areas of Wyoming and for much of western Montana. Eight to 12 inches of snow were possible in the higher elevations of southeastern Montana, eastern Wyoming and South Dakota, the weather service said.