Hazards include heavy snow and severe storms with possible tornadoes and flooding into Thursday. Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect.
By Thursday, the storm system will weaken as it moves over the Tennessee River Valley, bringing mostly rain from MI southward to the Gulf Coast and some remaining snow only in the far northern parts of the country, he added. This storm has dropped 33 millibarssince Tuesday morningand continues to strengthen.
Southwest Airlines has canceled all departures out of DIA after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Emily Williams, an airport spokeswoman.
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. The majority of disruptions were for flights in and out of Denver International Airport.
The Lower Mississippi Valley and southern Plains will experience thunderstorms with heavy rain and flooding.
The National Weather Service forecast indicates the Fargo-Moorhead area will see 6-12 inches of snow and 50 to 60 miles per hour winds.
The storm is on its way to the central and northern Plains and the Upper Midwest with blizzard conditions.
The NWS in Boulder, Colorado, said that travel is "not recommended" and would be nearly impossible at times due to high winds and whiteout conditions.
"On top of the heavy snow, strong winds will lead to blizzard conditions with very low visibility and snow-packed roads", said AccuWeather meteorologist Steve Travis.
In addition, several Colorado school districts shut down Wednesday, including all Denver Public Schools.
Utah: The Beehive State appears to be on the back end of the storm.
A 250-mile (402-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to Rock Springs in southern Wyoming was closed, along with a 300-mile (483-kilometer) section of Interstate 25 from Buffalo, Wyoming, to the Colorado border. Wind gusts of 50mph to 70mph are expected across Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, while some areas could see hurricane-force gusts of 100mph.
The storm is forecast to rapidly intensify overnight east of the Colorado Rockies and trek slowly northeast through Thursday, bringing a variety of extreme weather from New Mexico to the Midwest.
Because snowfall totals of a foot or more are possible in the region, the weather service said the danger of roof collapses will be high, particularly for weaker structures, given the amount of snow already on roofs.
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