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WATCH: Blizzard & Whiteout Conditions Slam Colorado & Eastern Plains

23 Mar 2016, 1:06 pm

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A massive winter storm moving into the plains will bring heavy snow and ice to the area stretching from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest and severe weather to the Southern Plains through the middle of the week.

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As the system came out of the Rockies, it brought blizzard conditions to the Front Range, halting travel and canceling over a thousand flights in and out of Denver International Airport. As of 1:00 pm MST, Denver InterNational Airport is now closed. Major interstates have been temporarily closed, including sections of I-25 and I-80 in Colorado.

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The heaviest snow will fall over portions of eastern Colorado and central Nebraska on Wednesday. As the storm reaches Upper Midwest snowfall totals will near a foot across portions of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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On the back side of the system the threat of ice will spread from northeastern Iowa through southern Wisconsin into Michigan Wednesday night into Thursday.

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Further South a slight risk of severe weather will stretch from the Arklatex region north into western Illinois. A round of powerful storms will develop in the late afternoon along an advancing dry line. These storms will have the potential to produce large hail, damaging wind gusts, and a possible tornado.

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The threat of severe weather will spread east into Thursday across the Tennessee Valley and Central Gulf Coast States.

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