Blizzard causes 23 car pileup

Blizzard crossing Midwest U.S. causes crashes, closures and a state of emergency

BOULDER, Colo. | December 20, 2012


Blizzard conditions throughout the Midwest United States forced highway closures and caused at least one death as the result of a 23-car pileup, officials said.

The season's first major winter storm prompted officials in Davenport, Iowa, to declare a snow emergency through 6 a.m. Friday, the Quad City Times reported Thursday.

Other cities throughout the region are seeing high snowfalls, including Boulder, Colo., which received 3.7 inches by Wednesday and is expected to get more as another storm system is forecast to move through the area Monday and Tuesday, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. Snow totals in some areas of Boulder County reached 4 inches.

"There is a pretty good shot at a white Christmas," Boulder meteorologist Matt Kelsch said.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning stretching from eastern Colorado to Wisconsin's Lake Michigan shoreline. The weather service warns of snow accumulation of a possible 12 inches, along with 25- to 35-mph winds that could gust as high as 45- to 50 mph, CNN reported.

Officials closed a 156-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Denver and the Kansas state line Wednesday, though it was reopened by 7 p.m., CNN reported. Poor visibility in Lubbock, Texas, resulted in a 23-car pileup, killing one person and injuring 17 others.

Accuweather.com reported the winter storm is expected to move through Omaha, Green Bay, Wis., and Marquette, Mich., into Thursday night.

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