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.
A storm system will bring snow and ice to parts of the mid-Atlantic and the South through Monday.
The winter chill will not relax its grip on the Twin Cities through the first half of the coming week.
It's shaping up to be a wet and stormy end to the weekend across the Southeast with the risk of flooding and severe thunderstorms.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.
Concordia, KS (1924)
17.2" of snow.
1/2" of ice coated roads in the southwest part of the state; as much s 6" of ice covered elevated surfaces, such as tree branches, wires, and radio towers. Power was out in some towns for 6 days.
1-2 feet of snow from Grant to Estes Park (15th-16th).