PHOTOS: Blizzard Unleashes Travel-Disrupting Snow to Colorado, Kansas
By By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
November 20, 2015, 9:19:17 AM EST
A vigorous storm system delivered blizzard conditions across the Central United States through much of the day Tuesday.
Travel delays and power outages were reported as result of the fierce winds and blowing snow. Blizzard conditions were observed at Denver International Airport, which resulted in numerous flight cancellations and delays. The Colorado Department of Transportation had to shut down portions of Interstate 70 due to white-out conditions.
A National Weather Service trained spotter reported 19 inches of snow in Elizabeth, Colorado, a town 45 miles southeast of Denver, while 16 inches fell in Evergreen, Colorado, located nearly 30 miles southwest of Denver.
Blizzard conditions and slippery travel were also reported in parts of western Kansas. Goodland, Kansas, reported visibility of less than a mile while in Atwood, Kansas, 7 inches of snow was measured.
Two Stranded Motorists Assistance Response Teams from the Kansas National Guard patrolled roads in northwest Kansas, searching for stranded motorists. The four vehicles and 10 personnel were activated due to the blizzard conditions.
— KWCH Pilar Pedraza (@KWCHPilar) November 18, 2015
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued a state declaration of emergency for the areas affected by the storm.
“We are taking the steps necessary to meet the immediate needs, safety and well-being of those impacted by this storm,” said Brownback. “We urge everyone to use good judgement and stay off the roads, if possible, until conditions improve.”
In Colby, Kansas, more than a foot of snow was reported on Tuesday. Snow buried cars and forced a snow emergency, local station KWCH12 reported. Residents were urged to stay off the roads. First responders rescued stranded or stuck motorists on Tuesday night.
— Hali Rowland (@HaliRowland) November 18, 2015
The same storm was responsible for the influx of damaging tornadoes which struck parts of Texas and Kansas Monday night.
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