Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Spring storm brings blizzard, high wind warnings to eastern Colorado

Spring storm brings blizzard, high wind warnings to eastern Colorado

The National Weather Service in Green Bay has also issued a LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING, which is in effect until 1 PM Sunday, for the counties of Door, Kewaunee, Brown, and southern Oconto.

Winter freeze watches are also in place across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

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Because of winter weather conditions, the Kansas Department of Transportation closed K-27 from the US 36 junction to the Nebraska state line, and USA 36 from St. Francis to the Colorado state line.

"As for stranded motorists the way it sounds there has been close to 100, as far as accidents and this is just at the state patrol I would say approximately 20 the way it sounds", commented Sgt. Grummert "so about 20 what we call motor assists and that can either be some bodies auto broke down or weather their stuck and that type of stuff so at least 100". Check road conditions here.

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Meanwhile, strong winds associated with the same system will threaten parts of the Southwest to the High Plains bringing high fire danger.

The weekend forecast remains cool but gradually warming through next week before another chance at snow and wind next Friday, Barjenbruch said.

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Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are expected, with winds gusting as high as 65 miles per hour. Due to conditions, travel will be unsafe to impossible. At least 11 inches of snow had fallen in Valentine, and areas near Chadron and Sidney received almost 10 inches. Up to a foot of snow was possible in northern Nebraska. Snow accumulation south of Interstate 70 will be extremely slim. Paul International Airport, which grounded all flights Saturday afternoon as heavy snow made it hard to keep runways clear and planes deiced, while blizzard conditions forced the airport in South Dakota's biggest city, Sioux Falls, to remain closed for a second straight day.

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