Summer snow in the Rockies (forecast video)

Heavy snow in parts of the Rockies: It’ll be a winter wonderland of sorts in some of the high elevations of the Rocky Mountains today and tonight. The heaviest snowfall will probably occur in parts of northwestern and north-central Colorado, possibly slowing down drivers going over mountain passes on I-70 west of Denver. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, mainly for tonight, which includes Rocky Mountain National Park and Breckenridge where up to 10 inches could pile up above 10,000 feet.

Heavy snowfall continues this morning in some parts of the Bitterroot, Beartooth and Crazy mountains in western and southwestern Montana. Before fading this afternoon, totals will approach 12 inches above 6,000 feet. Most of I-90 through the region should be okay, but delays are possible on other routes going over Battle Ridge, Kings Hill and Targhee passes.

Stormy weather in several areas: Severe thunderstorms will be scattered from the Dakotas to Denver, and all the way to Nashville. Drivers should expect minor to moderate delays in some areas due to hail, strong winds and/or flash flooding. Isolated tornadoes could pop up, too.

Fire danger: Because of hot and very dry conditions, the risk for more wildfires continues in northern California, as well as from eastern Arizona into New Mexico. This includes the Sacramento, Phoenix, Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas. The NWS has posted Red Flag Warnings across the region.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his 17 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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