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Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest

 
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I'm dreaming of a white Christmas !

Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. Holiday travelers battled slick, icy roads and flight cancellations and delays on Wednesday as a major winter storm began to spread across much of the nation's midsection and the worst of the weather was still expected to come.

The slow-moving storm was likely to intensify Thursday as it continued its trek north and east, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain to a large swath of the Plains and the Midwest. A foot or two of snow was possible in some areas by Christmas Day.

"It's an unusually large storm, even for the Plains," said Scott Whitmore, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Topeka, Kan.

In northwest Kansas, snow started falling before sunrise Wednesday, after freezing rain had already iced up roads.

A stretch of Interstate 70 in western Kansas was snowpacked by mid-afternoon. The state Department of Transportation warned that travel would be almost impossible in northeast Kansas by Thursday afternoon.

"It's kind of hard to stay on the roads. You've got to go slow," said Jason Juhan, a clerk at the Love's truck stop in Goodland, Kan. "People are just trying to get through and get to where they need to as fast as they can."

Still, he saw an upside: "It's been a few years since we've actually had a white Christmas out this way."

The storm began in the southwest where blizzard-like conditions shut down roads and caused a pileup involving 20 vehicles in Arizona on Tuesday and spread east and north, prompting weather advisories from the Rocky Mountains to Lake Michigan and part of the Four Corners region.

In Colorado, numerous minor accidents prompted state transportation officials to close a section of Interstate 25 from Wellington, Colo., to Cheyenne, Wyo., for several hours. One accident on I-70 seriously injured a state snowplow driver.

Parts of Nebraska were coated with ice that was up to 1/4-inch thick and a number of churches were already canceling Christmas Eve services in anticipation of more ice and snow. But residents were still waiting for a blizzard.

"It isn't nearly as bad as they said it would be," said jewelry-store owner Stan Soper of Ord, a town of about 2,300 in north-central Nebraska.

Slippery roads were blamed for at least six deaths three in accidents on Interstate 80 in Nebraska, two in a crash on Interstate 70 in Kansas and one near Albuquerque, N.M. South of Phoenix, a dust storm set off a series of collisions that killed at least three people Tuesday.

In Chicago, more than 200 flights at O'Hare International Airport were canceled, along with about 60 flights out of Midway International Airport, the city's Aviation Department said.

Mollie Sheridan, a 30-year-old artist from Philadelphia, had planned to fly to Ohio to be with her family for Christmas. Instead she was trying to sleep on a row of seats at Midway after Southwest Airlines canceled dozens of flights, including hers. She said her father was driving to Chicago to pick her up.

"I'm not that frustrated," Sheridan said. "I have a dad who loves me who's coming to get me. It hasn't spoiled my Christmas."

The storm forced the closure of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls warned of treacherous travel conditions from Wednesday through Friday night, calling the storm "life threatening."

A tropical jet stream pumping in moisture from the storm's south was likely to cause plenty of snow throughout the Plains and the Midwest, with the biggest accumulations expected from eastern Nebraska to the Upper Mississippi Valley. Freezing rain was possible across parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

Travelers scrambled to adjust their plans before the worst of the storm hit.

"I was going to wait a little longer, but when I woke up this morning I heard on the news that it was only going to get worse and worse, so I hit the road earlier than planned," said Rachel Ahrens, of Papillion, Neb., who stopped for gas Wednesday off Interstate 80 in Des Moines, Iowa, on her way to Ames, Iowa.

Jeff Cox, manager of Southtown Liquors in Albert Lea in southern Minnesota, near the Iowa border, said the store had seen a steady stream of customers amid snow and freezing rain.

"They don't want to be stuck home with nothing," Cox said.

The winter blast follow a weekend storm that dropped record snowfall and interrupted holiday shopping and travel on the East Coast. Tens of thousands of customers in West Virginia and Virginia remained without power Wednesday.

Holidays travelers and commuters alike were stranded in the Northeast on Wednesday after an electrical problem forced Amtrak to halt trains in and out of New York's Penn Station. The outage affected service as far south as Washington and as far north as Boston.


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Power was restored after about three hours.
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Re: Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest
Snow from Colorado storm continues to fall

DENVER - The Front Range will see mainly light snow through Wednesday night but most of the snow should end before daybreak on Christmas Eve.




Travel will remain difficult in many areas through Thursday morning thanks to snowpacked and icy roads. Some of the worst conditions are expected to be found east of Denver where northerly winds will gust over 30 mph causing blowing and drifting snow.

While this storm has not been intense enough to close Denver International Airport, other airports in the Midwest may not be so lucky. Air travel in and out of Chicago, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Omaha, Kansas City and Sioux Falls may experience delays and/or cancellations.

As of early Wednesday evening, most neighborhoods around Denver, Boulder, and Aurora had seen 3 to 7 inches of snow while areas from Fort Collins to Greeley and southeast to Limon had seen closer to 10 inches.

9NEWS Meteorologist Ashton Altieri expected an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow to accumulate Wednesday night bringing the storm total for the majority of areas to 4 to 8 inches.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY includes Denver and the urban corridor until 5 a.m. on Thursday.

A separate WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is also in effect for central mountain locations near Crested Butte, Snowmass and Vail until 5 a.m. Thursday. Storm totals for the higher elevations in these areas will range from 6 to 12 inches.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY also includes the Sangre De Cristos and Wet Mountains of southern Colorado, and the Walsenburg and Trinidad areas. Mountain locations can expect 6 to 12 inches of snow by Thursday morning, while lower elevations will see 4 to 8 inches of accumulation.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for most of southeastern Colorado, the panhandle of Oklahoma and north Texas from late Tuesday through Thursday. Expect 4 to 8 inches of snow to accumulate in locations like Lamar, Holly and Springfield by late Thursday.

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for part of southwest Colorado, including the southwest San Juans, Cortez and Durango areas until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Mountain locations can expect 10 to 18 inches of snow to accumulate by late Wednesday, while lower elevations will see 4 to 8 inches of snow.

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for extreme eastern Colorado, western Kansas, and western and southwest Nebraska from 5 p.m. Tuesday through 5 a.m. Friday.
Locations such as Akron, Sterling, Julesburg, Burlington and Ogallala, Nebraska can expect 6 to 10 inches of snow to accumulate by Christmas Eve.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will replace the warning after it expires early Thursday. This advisory will be for mostly blowing and drifting snow, and will extend through 6 a.m. Friday.

If you are planning to travel out over the Eastern Plains, gusts above 40 mph in the warning area could create near blizzard conditions with blowing and drifting snow. The worst travel conditions are expected through noon Thursday.

Along with the snow, it will get much colder along the Front Range over the next couple of days. Highs will only be in the teens and twenties through Christmas Day, with extremely cold northerly winds. Some overnight lows could drop into the single digits.

Stay tuned to the networks of 9NEWS for the very latest on this storm system as it quickly approaches the state.

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Ya know what from my observations is they can make land hurricanes bigger then over water ones cause they can control it to a certain degree but when ya F with mother nature it bites back with a vengeance! spelling?
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We have about a quarter inch of ice covering everything. When I step outside I can hear the trees crackling & everything is glistening from the ice.

This should be interesting over the next couple of days.
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Re: Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest
Ya know what from my observations is they can make land hurricanes bigger then over water ones cause they can control it to a certain degree but when ya F with mother nature it bites back with a vengeance! spelling?
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dang, it sure seems like we are just sitting back and waiting on a "hurricane" up here in Michigan...

lol

know this thing is coming and just praying it don't shut off the heat cause it is colder than cold right now!
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Re: Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest
We have about a quarter inch of ice covering everything. When I step outside I can hear the trees crackling & everything is glistening from the ice.

This should be interesting over the next couple of days.
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We have about 7 1/2" so far at our house, The wind is kickin' it good producing white out blizzard conditions. Lots of ice everywhere.
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Re: Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest
It has started snowing here in the TC's. Looks like I will be spending a lot of the next few days plowing. Oh fun.
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Re: Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest
Nice day in the park today with the dog. 70's in central Texas.
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Re: Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest
Nice day in the park today with the dog. 70's in central Texas.
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Re: Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest
We have about a quarter inch of ice covering everything. When I step outside I can hear the trees crackling & everything is glistening from the ice.

This should be interesting over the next couple of days.
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I feel for you mopar. We had a long period of that last winter (n AR), and ice was totally horrible. I don't know how thick the ice was, but big limbs would sound like a gun shot when they broke. Scary.
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Nice day in the park today with the dog. 70's in central Texas.

butt
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Wait till its 100* here in May.Then moon me!! Watch out in ArkLaTex folks there a severe weather box up now! No doom just drive safe.
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Nice day in the park today with the dog. 70's in central Texas.

butt

Wait till its 100* here in May.Then moon me!! Watch out in ArkLaTex folks there a severe weather box up now! No doom just drive safe.
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chuckle
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....and may ALL your Christmases be WHITE !!!!
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....and may ALL your Christmases be WHITE !!!!
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xmas
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Re: Winter storm starts to spread across Midwest
let it snow , let it snow , let it snow...

... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 6 am Thursday to
6 am CST Saturday...

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect across northwest
Wisconsin from 6 am Thursday to 6 am CST Saturday.

* Storm total snow accumulations of at least 8 to 11 inches are
expected along and east of Highway 53. Locally heavier amounts
are possible... with storm total accumulations highly
dependent on how much sleet and freezing rain mixes with the
snow.

* East to northeast winds from 15 to 30 mph are expected... with
some gusts to 35 mph for areas adjacent to Lake Superior. The
winds and falling snow may result in blowing and drifting snow
and visibility limited to a quarter mile or less... especially
in exposed areas.
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