Snow will wind down over the Plains today, but travel disruptions will continue as residents begin to dig out from the season's first large blizzard.
More than a foot of snow was reported in parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas from the storm, which forced the closure of portions of major interstates 25 and 70 for a time.
Wind gusts above 50 mph caused massive drifts along the wide open land of the western Plains.
Snow drifts as high as 10 feet were observed near the heart of the heaviest snow in Springfield, Colo. Meanwhile, numerous vehicles remain stranded along Highway 83 in Scott City, Kan., thanks to 4-foot drifts.
At least six deaths are deaths are being attributed to the storm. A prison guard and inmate lost their lives in a van accident being blamed on icy roads near Limon, Colo., while four people were killed when a car collided with a truck in eastern New Mexico.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Cory Mottice, who was live-tweeting during the blizzard, reported that the roads were nearly impassible on Tuesday night in Garden City, Kan., where a foot of snow fell.
Notable Snow Totals as of Early Tuesday Morning:
-- La Junta, Colo.: 15.0"
-- Springfield, Colo.: 15.0"
-- Grants, N.M.: 14.0"
-- Beulah, Colo.: 12.4"
-- Bluewater Lake, N.M.: 12.0"
-- Garden City, Kan.: 12.0"
-- Kenton, Okla.: 10.0"
-- Syracuse, Kan.: 10.0"
-- Guymon, Texas: 6.0"
Dalhart, Texas, shattered the daily snow record with 7.0 inches falling on Monday. The previous record was 0.1 inch back in 1983.
Travelers drive in slushy conditions along U.S. 550 near Rio Rancho, N.M., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
Travel will be nearly impossible for a time today across parts of the hardest hit areas, and with temperatures forecast to remain chilly, little snow melt is expected.
As the storm pushes east today, cooler air will change rain over to snow across eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri today, but snowfall totals and wind speeds will be much lighter by comparison.
Another 1 to 3 inches will accumulate across a large chunk of central and eastern Kansas.
Parts of the Kansas City area will get a coating to an inch of snow through early tonight as any rain and sleet begins to change over.
The same storm responsible for the blizzard conditions over the Plains will bring the threat of wintry precipitation to the interior Northeast early on Wednesday.
Major Midwestern cities including Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland will be spared of any accumulating snow, according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
While remaining on a localized level through Tuesday, severe weather will ramp up across the Plains on Wednesday.
Throughout the United States, the greatest potential for the weather to disrupt outdoor plans and festivities on Easter Sunday exists across the Plains.
A potent area of low pressure moving into the West will dictate the weather from Washington to Texas heading into the new week.
Although spring may be in full swing, more than one-third of the Great Lakes remains covered in ice.
The return of showers and thunderstorms to Dallas is coinciding with Easter Sunday.
Rain and thunderstorms spreading to the East on Tuesday will put the brakes on the warmup following Easter weekend.
Southeastern VA (1991)
Torrential rain; 5.89" at Norfolk broke the 24-hour record for April (5.19" set in 1883). This was the most rain in one event since Hurricane Cleo dumped 11.40" from August 31 to September 1, 1964.
Omaha, NE (1992)
Snowfall of 9.3" -- only the 6th time in 100 years that over 1.5" of snow has fallen after April 15th. Only 13.3 inches fell for the entire season before this storm. Other snow totals: Brownsville, NE 14.0" Blair, NE 12.5" Offutt AFB, NE 12.0" Eppley, NE 10.0" Kansas City, MO 2.7"
Sacramento, CA (1880)
7.24" of rain, heaviest in 24 hours.