Several cities in the region have been hit by rain this week, with records set Wednesday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Sioux City, Iowa. It added that "high speed in poor driving conditions" was being investigated in connection with the crash that caused his death. Some 85,000 people, mostly in the Denver area, were still without electricity Thursday. Temperatures in Denver dropped from 62 degrees Tuesday to 26 degrees by lunchtime Wednesday, light rain transitioning to a heavy, wet snow.
In Elbert County, about 70 miles southeast of Denver, county manager Sam Albrecht said first responders were scrambling to rescue stranded motorists on highways and roads.
"Safety is the number one priority of our entire airport community here", said Kim Day, CEO of Denver International.
"Stunning view of the water vapor imagery over the Rockies & Plains this afternoon", NWS tweeted on Wednesday.
About 1,000 flights into Denver have been canceled as a winter storm hits the western USA, with blizzard conditions expected to engulf parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota.
"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 blizzard unleashed a gust of wind measured at 156 km per hour, which would be equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane, in Colorado Springs, CNN reported.
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Messages seeking comment from Huffman's representatives were not immediately returned. Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star, were reportedly arrested by midday.
The winds toppled high profile vehicles in Texas and, in Logan, N.M., blew 26 rail cars off a bridge.
In Colorado, the storm turned deadly when a State Patrol corporal was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was outside helping a auto that slid off of Interstate 76 in Weld County, Colorado, AccuWeather reported. No injuries were reported from the incident.
Significant weather was impacting the central United States Wednesday and was expected to bring travel to a stop in some areas it would be so severe.
According to weather.com, the storm continued to hammer parts of Nebraska and the Dakotas Thursday with heavy snow and blasting winds with gusts that limited visibility across the region.
At 8:30 a.m. officials with the county announced both Dillon Dam and Swan Mountain roads are closed due to adverse weather conditions.
The storm is rolling right along, expected to head across the Great Lakes into Canada Thursday and Friday and bring heavy rains to the Northeast and possible tornadoes in the South.
Snow accumulation of 10 to 22 inches (25 to 56 centimeters) is expected, with higher amounts further north. Winds gusting as high as 65 miles per hour (105 kph) also were forecast. Flash flooding is possible if ice jams clog rivers and streams, the weather service noted.