Highways still closed as blizzard moves past Upper Midwest

Highways still closed as blizzard moves past Upper Midwest

Highways still closed as blizzard moves past Upper Midwest

The snow plow was traveling northbound while the pickup truck was going southbound - the truck lost control due to road conditions and crashed into the snow plow, Casillas said.

Blizzard warnings have been posted from Colorado to Minnesota as a storm develops that could rival last month's bomb cyclone. But it's likely that at least a foot of snow will cover parts of South Dakota, northern Nebraska and southwest and central Minnesota, according to predictions. In southern New Mexico, the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range closed Wednesday because of the high winds.

Mike Connelly, a weather service meteorologist in Aberdeen, South Dakota, said this week's storm system drew up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico as it moved out of the Rocky Mountains. In the eastern part of the state, the sheriff's departments of Deuel and Hamlin counties asked that people refrain from driving through Thursday.

"Roads are becoming impassable".

In parts of the South, the National Weather Service warned church pastors to have someone monitor the weather during Sunday services amid heightened risk for damaging tornadoes.

In Denver, several airlines have canceled flights, and passengers are "strongly encouraged" to check in with airlines to confirm that their flights are still scheduled to fly, the Denver International Airport said in an alert on its website.

Areas in the Midwest and Northern Plains that saw record flooding just weeks ago will likely see more.

In Minnesota, the state highway patrol said it responded to more than 500 crashes on Wednesday and Thursday, and the National Guard was called in to rescue stranded motorists.

Technically, it's a bomb cyclone when the pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours. Damages and losses to property, cattle and crops in Nebraska and Iowa alone were estimated at more than $3 billion.

"So I've seen all these weather reporters acting like this is a big storm for Denver", Stephen Felt Tweeted.

As of late Wednesday, the snowfall totals were staggering and are only expected to climb.

Whiteout conditions were reported Wednesday night northeast of Denver to the Nebraska state line, Colorado Public Radio reported.

April snow isn't unheard of there.

Authorities in central Minnesota said lightning struck a tree and a shed in the city of Isanti during a rare "thunder snow" storm, sending the building up in flames.

Areas in South Dakota and Iowa surrounding the Missouri river are still in flood stage following last month's severe weather, said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist for the NWS, on Wednesday. "This will feature blizzard conditions and some ice on the cold side with severe thunderstorms on the warm side". In parts of Colorado, 107 miles per hour wind gusts were recorded in Pueblo West, The Weather Channel reported. By Thursday morning, the same area will see blizzard conditions.

Frontier said customers whose flights are canceled may request a refund.

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