Killer blizzard blankets US

2011-12-20 22:27

Chicago - A massive winter storm blamed for at least six deaths made travel nearly impossible in parts of the central US on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

"Blizzard conditions that caused fatal accidents and rendered highways impassable in five states crawled deeper into the Great Plains early on Tuesday," the weather service said.

"Hotels filled up quickly along major roadways from eastern New Mexico to Kansas, and nearly 100 rescue calls came in from motorists in the Texas Panhandle."

Snowdrifts reached 3m in parts of Colorado after strong winds whipped at the 38cm of snow had fallen since the storm began late on Sunday.

Parts of New Mexico were blanketed by 61cm of snow while Kansas got up to 30cm of snow by Tuesday morning.

While the heaviest snowfall had mostly ended by 12:00 on Tuesday, blizzard conditions continued in many areas as strong winds of up to 80km/h whipped up heavy white flakes, the weather service said.

  • saul.saltzman - 2011-12-20 22:45

    Was supposed to be Chicago this week

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