Winter storm dumps 20 inches of snow on Nebraska, moves to Iowa
A blizzard that dumped several feet of snow on Denver and northeastern Colorado on Friday moved across Nebraska overnight and into southwest Iowa on Saturday, causing dozens of accidents on highways as visibility was reduced to near-zero in some places.
The storm, the first major snowfall this winter for Colorado and the Midwest, pummeled Nebraska, dropping about 20 inches of snow in some areas, said Matt Masek, a National Weather Service meteorologist in North Platte, Neb.
By morning, the storm, with wind gusts up to 30 mph, had moved into southwestern Iowa, where snow totals had reached about 10 inches by midafternoon, Masek told The Times.
The slow-moving storm will continue to move eastward, reaching the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. by the early part of the week, but should weaken by then, producing rain instead of snow, Masek said.
The storm caused more than 600 flight cancellations Friday at Denver International Airport. It also led to dozens of accidents across the region, none major, authorities said.
Travel across Interstate 80 in Nebraska and Iowa has been dodgy. Transportation officials in Nebraska had issued a "travel not advised" warning overnight but downgraded the advisory Saturday.
-- Ricardo Lopez
Photo: A cyclist crosses the street during a snowstorm in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. Credit: Jacob Hannah/The Journal-Star