A blizzard bore down on parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas yesterday, dumping more than a foot of snow with wind gusts exceeding 50 mph. AccuWeather.com reports that the storm has been blamed for six deaths.
This was the first major winter storm of the season.
Snow drifts as high as 10 feet were observed near Springfield, Colo., where the heaviest snow was reported. The blizzard prompted officials to close many major interstates and highways, and stranded cars remain stranded along Highway 83 in Scott City, Kan., thanks to 4-foot snow drifts.
Notable Snow Totals as of Early Tuesday Morning:
- La Junta, Colo.: 15.0"
- Springfield, Colo.: 15.0"
- Grants, N.M.: 14.0"
- Beulxh, Colo.: 12.4"
- Bluewater Lake, N.M.: 12.0"
- Garden City, Kan.: 12.0"
- Kenton, Okla.: 10.0"
- Syracuse, Kan.: 10.0"
- Guymon, Texas: 6.0
Seven inches of snow fell in Dalhart, Texas, shattering the daily snow record of 0.1 inch set in 1983
Another 1 to 3 inches of snowfall will accumulate across a large portion of central and eastern Kansas through tonight. The storm is expected to push into Missouri, but snowfall totals and wind speeds will be much lighter by comparison.
This storm is expected to bring wintery precipitation to the interior Northeast by Wednesday.
Major Midwestern cities, including Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland, will be spared of any accumulating snow according to Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist.