6 states under blizzard warnings as residents prepare for April snow storm

PHOTO: This March 2019 photo provided by Henry Red Cloud, shows flooding on Clouds Lakota Solar Enterprises property on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southern South Dakota.PlayHenry Red Cloud via AP
WATCH Blizzard warning issued for 6 states

An April snow storm is rolling in, and the rare intensity has prompted blizzard warnings in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Minnesota on Wednesday.

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The heavy snow will begin Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis. The Twin Cities are forecast to get 5 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 50 mph, along with sleet, rain and freezing rain.

PHOTO: A blizzard warning stretches through much of the Northern and Central Plains on Wednesday. ABC News
A blizzard warning stretches through much of the Northern and Central Plains on Wednesday.

In Denver, rain will change to snow Wednesday afternoon, bringing whiteout conditions and up to 6 inches of snow. Wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph.

The Colorado State Patrol on Twitter Wednesday morning urged "employers to consider either fully cancelling work today, or at least allow employees a half day and to go home by noon. The fewer cars on the road during bad weather, the better."

PHOTO: Heavy snow will fall in South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota on Wednesday night. ABC News
Heavy snow will fall in South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The storm will move into the Northern Plains on Thursday. The snow will end in Denver, but the blizzard will continue in Nebraska, the Dakotas and western Minnesota.

PHOTO: Minneapolis will be spared the worst of the storm, but parts of the Northern Plains will see over a foot of snow. ABC News
Minneapolis will be spared the worst of the storm, but parts of the Northern Plains will see over a foot of snow.

The April storm could dump 1 to 2 feet of snow in Colorado and western Minnesota before it moves out of the area by the end of the week.

PHOTO: Snowfall totals will be heaviest throughout South Dakota, northern Nebraska and western Minnesota. ABC News
Snowfall totals will be heaviest throughout South Dakota, northern Nebraska and western Minnesota.