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Avalanches, Blizzards, Tornadoes, Oh My!

Wild Spring weather brings record heat, record snow.

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It's the fourth week of Spring, but in some parts of the country that means snow.

A storm dubbed Yogi by the Weather Channel is expected to produce up to 18 inches of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming. The storm moved into the Denver area Monday and may not be done until Wednesday.

Denver itself could see six inches of snow on Monday, the Denver Post reports. According to the Post, high winds – including gusts of up to 50 mph near Denver International Airport – are also affecting the area.

April is historically the second-snowiest month for the Centennial State, after March, National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Colton told The Associated Press.

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Minnesota is also receiving snow. Minnesota Public Radio reported Monday morning that seven inches of snow fell in northern Minnesota in the preceding 24 hours. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is under a winter weather advisory until this afternoon.

Sunday snowfall in Bismarck, N.D., at 17.3 inches, shattered the previous record for the snowiest day ever recorded in the city, which was 15.2 inches on April 5, 1997.

In Washington state two people disappeared Saturday when avalanches struck amid heavy snowfall in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

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A 61-year-old man remains missing after an avalanche swept him 1,200 feet down Granite Mountain, KOMO News reports. Two of his friends survived. To the south, on Red Mountain, a woman hiking with her dog died after an avalanche buried her under five feet of snow. KOMO reports that the dog survived.

The cold-weather storms strike after a warm week on the East Coast. The Washington, D.C., area recorded its first April day above 90 degrees since 2010 on Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

In the South tornado watches were issued Sunday evening for central Florida, but the watches expired without a confirmed twister. WESH-TV reports, however, that high winds, hail and rain falling at a rate of five inches an hour left 6,000 Brevard County residents without power.

Last week tornadoes blazed through Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Missouri, leaving three people dead.

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