On Wednesday, 100 vehicles were involved in an accident on Interstate 25 near Wellington, Colorado, according to Wellington Fire Protection.
It claimed blizzard conditions are possible for the Central and Northern High Plains.
Cars splash through flood water on Ames Avenue west of 66th Street Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Omaha, Neb.
In the transition zone between the warm and cold sectors of the storm, the combination of downpours and melting snow poses flooding concerns in eastern Nebraska and Minnesota, southeast South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and northern MI. El Paso County Commissioners Chairman Mark Waller signed an emergency declaration allowing the county to seek assistance from state and local governments to help rescue stranded motorists.
All six runways at Denver International Airport were shuttered including the main road into the airport due to drifting, blowing snow.
The storm is bringing hurricane winds to the Rockies and as far away as Amarillo, Texas.
"We are just answering the phones and writing down on the board the stranded and crossing them off when we get to them", he said.
The intense winter storm will bring blizzard conditions with hurricane-like winds and potential for flooding as well.
Blizzard, fierce winds expected to clobber US Plains states
The late winter storm was caused by a sudden and severe drop in ground-level air pressure in Colorado - the most pronounced dive since 1950, Carbin said.
In New Mexico, heavy winds contributed to the derailment of a 26-car train near the village of Logan, according to a tweet from state police.
Colorado has been one of the hardest hit states, with white-out conditions and wind gusts reaching 97 miles per hour - Category 2 hurricane levels. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
FARGO - The National Weather Service didn't mince words Tuesday afternoon, March 12, when it released an updated picture of an expected historic blizzard that could have "crippling" impacts on the region from Wednesday evening through Friday morning.
More than 1,900 USA flights had been canceled by Wednesday afternoon, according to FlightAware.
Heavy rain is expected Wednesday night through Thursday throughout the region, which may lead to flooding, AccuWeather says.
An enormous area was buffeted by powerful winds, which exceeded 100 miles per hour in a few spots.
Gordon said his briefings indicated that strong winds are predicted through Thursday afternoon, likely resulting in continued poor visibility, closed roads and snow plowing difficulties.
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