The Rocky Mountains have lost significant amounts of their snow cover since 1980.
An April blizzard is forecast to dump more than a foot of snow in some areas, while igniting severe thunderstorms.
Texas, the Southwest, and California are likely to see another summer of drought, this time with greater water woes.
The severe drought ebbed in the Southeast, but water supply concerns are growing amid a dry Western winter.
Time is running out to avert a third summer of drought in much of the High Plains, West and Southwest.
A strong storm will bring much-needed precipitation to drought-stricken areas of the West and Plains.
Heat and dry weather records were set across the West in September, including at Death Valley, Calif.
After aggravating the West's destructive wildfires, record heat will engulf much of the country this week.