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Blizzard hits CO, Plain States

After dumping more than a foot of snow on the eastern Colorado Wednesday, a major blizzard slowly moved into the Plain States Thursday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | DENVER, Colo. | December 21, 2006

After dumping more than a foot of snow on the eastern Colorado Wednesday, a major blizzard slowly moved into the Plain States Thursday.

Some areas of eastern Colorado received more than two feet of snow, with isolated amounts nearing three feet in higher elevations. The blizzard shut down most of the region, including the Denver International Airport - which saw the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Many interstates are closed, too, including parts of I-70, I-76, and highways in several states.

Thousands are stranded due to the shutdowns and shelters are open in multiple cities to help those stuck in the area.

White-out conditions caused numerous traffic accidents and prompted businesses to shut down and send workers home early. The governor of Colorado declared a state of emergency Wednesday and authorized the use of the Colorado National Guard to help where needed.

Blizzard warnings remained in effect for much of eastern Colorado Thursday. The National Weather Service issued more blizzard warnings for southeast Wyoming, western Kansas and Nebraska Thursday as the powerful storm continues its move east with high winds, heavy snow and ice. South Dakota may see up to six inches of snow. Freezing rain is also expected in parts of southern Minnesota, and the rest of the storm will bring heavy rain to the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

The blizzard brought snowfall amounts of a foot to parts of New Mexico Tuesday and Wednesday as well. Weather officials expect the storm to fully move out of Colorado the Plain States by late Friday.


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