Blizzard Pushes Across Plains, Causing Travel Problems

By , Meteorologist
December 21, 2012; 5:02 AM ET
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A blizzard now winding down in the Midwest began its rampage across eastern Colorado, western Nebraska and northwestern Kansas on Wednesday.

According to Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "During Thursday morning, the massive storm system with its snow, wind, rain and thunderstorms was affecting areas from Akron, Colorado to Akron, Ohio and from Duluth, Minnesota to Duluth, Georgia."

Hazardous travel and power outages resulted the heavy snow and high winds.

Reports from the blizzard on Wednesday are listed below. For the latest on the blizzard hitting Wisconsin and Michigan, click here.

11:45 p.m. CST Wednesday: NWS office in Omaha reports a peak wind gust of 52 mph with heavy snow still falling. Blizzard conditions will continue overnight.

"Love Iowa 10 inches of snow this morning #snowmagedon," tweeted Tyler Linn early Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

10:37 p.m. CST Wednesday: Thundersnow has been reported in Des Moines, Iowa! Snow is coming down heavy at times across the region and roads are a mess. Travel is not advised.

9:47 p.m. CST Wednesday: Six inches of snow recorded across Dawson County, Neb. Snow continues to fall with blowing and drifting snow. Numerous accidents reported across the county.

9:20 p.m. CST Wednesday: Lots of drifting occurring with near white-out conditions in Clay County, Neb.

9:00 p.m. CST Wednesday: Estimated 3 to 5 inches of snow reported across Greeley County, Neb.

8:11 p.m. CST Wednesday: Power out to much of Edgar in Clay County, Neb. Residents are being moved to warmer shelters.

7:52 p.m. CST Wednesday: Visibility is zero in Hamilton County, Neb. Roadways drifting shut north of Aurora Highway 14.

6:20 p.m. CST Wednesday: 60-mph wind gust recorded in Kearny County, Kan.

5:20 p.m. CST Wednesday: The emergency manager in Finney County, Kan., reports visibility down to one quarter of a mile with light snow and power fluctuations.

5:12 p.m. CST Wednesday: White-out conditions reported near Oakley in Logan County, Kan.

5:00 p.m. CST Wednesday: Des Moines has transitioned over to snow after being a mix throughout the afternoon.

4:53 p.m. CST Wednesday: Visibility down to 25 to 30 yards in blowing snow along Highway 24 in Sherman County, Kan.

4:50 p.m. CST Wednesday: Deputy on Highway 27 in Greeley, Kan. reports zero visibility and roads completely snow-packed.

4:37 p.m. CST Wednesday: Near zero visibility in blowing snow in Wallace County, Kan. 2 inches of snow accumulation recorded.

4:30 p.m. CST Wednesday: Visibility a quarter of a mile or less in Grant, Neb. Total accumulation is 4 to 6 inches, but now drifts are reaching 3.5 feet.

4:34 p.m. CST Wednesday: Three inches of snow on the ground in Sherman County, Kan., with almost zero visibility.

3:53 p.m. CST Wednesday: Visibility at one quarter of a mile in Oakley, Kan.

3:44 p.m. CST Wednesday: 12 inches of snow recorded in Pueblo County, Colo.

3:42 p.m. CST Wednesday: Power outages, white out conditions and snow drifts three feet and deeper reported in Wallace, Neb.

3:30 p.m. CST Wednesday: White-out conditions reported in Benkelman in Dundy County, Neb.

3:21 p.m. CST Wednesday: Sustained winds of 28 to 35 mph, with gusts to 55 mph, reported in Peetz, Colo. Snow accumulation is estimated at 4 inches with drifts of 3 to 4 feet.

2:50 p.m. CST Wednesday: Multiple-vehicle crashes have occurred on I-27 between Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, during the early afternoon. Traffic has been stopped as a result. There are reports of multiple injuries and a fatality according to local news agencies. High cross winds and blowing dust were in the vicinity at the time of the incident.

2:43 p.m. CST Wednesday: 5.2 inches of snow recorded in Huerfano County, CO.

2:15 p.m. CST Wednesday: Five inches of snow recorded in El Paso County, CO. Snow still falling with blowing and drifting occurring.

2:12 p.m. CST Wednesday: Two inches of snow recorded in McCook, Neb. Visibility estimated at half of a mile.

2:00 p.m. CST Wednesday:The storm was beginning as rain in Omaha, Neb., but a change to windswept snow is forecast during the evening with a freeze-up and slippery travel.

1:30 p.m. CST Wednesday: Blizzard conditions were occurring at Imperial and Ogallala, Neb. Sustained winds were 35 mph with gusts between 40 and 50 mph and visibility varying between a few dozen feet and 1/4 mile. RealFeel temperatures were ranging between minus 5 and 5 degrees above zero.

1:00 p.m. CST Wednesday: Cheyenne, Wyo. has received 10.7 inches of snow thus far from the storm. Drifts were waist deep in some areas.

1:00 p.m. CST Wednesday: Winds gusting between 40 and 80 mph were causing blowing dust south of the blizzard. The visibility was reduced to 1/4 of a mile in Lubbock, Texas.

12:19 p.m. CST Wednesday: A wind gust of 48 mph was recorded with 1/4 of a mile visibility in falling and blowing snow in Pueblo, Colo.

12:15 p.m. CST Wednesday: Blizzard conditions with zero visibility are occurring near Monument, Colo, from County Line Road to I-25. Accumulations estimated at 2.0 inches with a lot of blowing and drifting of snow.

12:00 p.m. CST Wednesday: North Platte, Neb., has received 0.4 of an inch of snow in about an hour. Radar:

11:42 a.m. CST Wednesday: Road conditions are continuing to deteriorate across Colorado. Click here to see webcams across Colorado from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

11:15 a.m. CST Wednesday: Blizzard conditions occurring with heavy snow and near-zero visibility near Calhan, Colo.

10:55 a.m. CST Wednesday: Heavy snow in Denver is causing flight delays.

10:50 a.m. CST Wednesday: The ground is nearly covered by snow, which began 20 minutes ago 4 miles west of Big Springs, Neb.

10:30 a.m. CST Wednesday: Heavy snow is reducing the visibility to 1/2 of a mile in Denver, Colo. Motorists are urged to use caution on I-25.

09:30 a.m. CST Wednesday: Half an inch of snow fell in the past 20 minutes 27 miles north of Mullen, Neb.

9:30 a.m. CST Wednesday: 5.5 inches of snow has fallen over the past 24 hours in Monument, Colo.


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