Skip to comments.Severe U.S. storm brings heavy snow, baseball-sized hail
Posted on 03/24/2013 9:20:52 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
(Reuters) - A major early spring storm brought heavy snow, severe thunderstorms and floods as it moved east across the United States on Saturday, closing highways, forcing flight cancellations and causing a pileup involving dozens of vehicles.
The weather system forced the cancellations of more than 100 flights in and out of Denver International Airport on Saturday and blowing and drifting snow closed several roads in Colorado, including Interstate 70 in both directions east of Denver to the Kansas state line.
"Travel on the eastern plains is strongly discouraged," said Mindy Crane, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. "It is snowing half an inch an hour with sustained winds of 25 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 miles an hour."
A chain-reaction crash involving some 50 vehicles and at least four tractor-trailers shut down Interstate 25 about 30 miles north of Denver for several hours on Saturday, the Colorado State Patrol said in a statement. A tanker involved in the accident burst into flames.
Several injured people were taken to the hospital but no fatalities were reported, police said.
Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said some counties in far eastern Colorado had seen a foot of snow by mid-afternoon.
Snowfall accumulations in the Denver metropolitan area could top 10 inches, with higher amounts in the foothills west of the city, he said.
The snow was expected to move east to Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, over the next 24 hours, before moving into the mid-Atlantic states, Kines said.
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“I assume it came down the usual way ....from the Alaska area.”
Thank you for not blaming Canada.
Well Obama dissed Israel the other day so what do you expect! **Research what happens when a U S President disses Israel.............
March 24th and it was 8 below zero last night. Glowbull Warming my frozen arse!
we got dribbled on a few days ago, temps have chilled a bit after a couple nice ones last week... I got buds busting out in flower all over the fruit trees.. I’m at SquirrelCon 3! so far , only a couple lost bunches of blossoms but I do have nukular hardened nerf weapons on call ,, little bastards, like a NK ruling brat, the latest one included.. pains in the keester.
we’re headed to alaska in a couple months, princessing it, earlier than we usually go.. fingers crossed the pacific plate naps ‘til after the fourth.
Man, I can’t handle that kind of cold anymore.....bones are too old.
Some day I want to get up that way.
8 below in late March!?!
I'd like to tie Algore to a tree out there and hose him down.
If I had thing together ,...I would have that Weekly standard cover image of Al Gore shivereing in his undies with two Polar Bears laughting at him.