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Snow and ice from an early storm could cover many states from the Southwest to the Great Lakes

CNN logo CNN 10/26/2020 By Lauren M. Johnson, CNN
a train traveling down train tracks near a forest: This October 23, 2020, photo released by the US Forest Service shows light snow at Division X of Cameron Peak Fire at the Rocky Mountain Park in Colorado. © U.S. Forest Service/AP This October 23, 2020, photo released by the US Forest Service shows light snow at Division X of Cameron Peak Fire at the Rocky Mountain Park in Colorado.

It may not be winter yet, but more than 20 million people are under some sort of winter weather watch, warning or advisory.

The early-season snow and ice storm spreads from the Southwest into the Midwest, according to CNN meteorologists. Snow was falling Monday from Arizona to Wisconsin, with freezing rain and sleet farther south into Texas and Oklahoma.

Albuquerque, New Mexico; Denver; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Amarillo, Texas; Oklahoma City, Wichita, Kansas; and Kansas City are under advisories or warnings, but in northern Colorado, the winter precipitation is helping to fight the wildfires in the state. Some areas of Colorado, and New Mexico, will see over 2 feet of snow.

The biggest concern in parts of Texas and Oklahoma is ice. Dangerous conditions with over a half an inch of accumulation could cause difficult travel conditions and power outages.

map: Welcome snows in Colorado for firefighters, with accumulating snow from the Southwest to the Great Lakes. © CNN Welcome snows in Colorado for firefighters, with accumulating snow from the Southwest to the Great Lakes. map: Widespread winter weather warnings (pink) and advisories (purple) for snow and ice © CNN Widespread winter weather warnings (pink) and advisories (purple) for snow and ice
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