Storm leaves snow, pos­si­ble tor­na­does

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - METRO NEWS -

A pow­er­ful win­tery storm dumped heavy snow on parts of Colorado on Tues­day while bring­ing the threat of tor­na­does to mil­lions in cen­tral and southern states.

Much of In­ter­state 70, Colorado’s main east-west high­way, was closed be­cause of bliz­zard con­di­tions on the state’s East­ern Plains as well as in north­west Kansas, where up to 15 inches of snow and heavy winds are in the forecast.

Dozens of semi-trail­ers and cars were lined up along the in­ter­state and a nearby frontage road on Tues­day as strong winds blew snow across the road.

“I’ve got to go to Lib­eral, Kansas, and this is the best way to go. So I came this way not re­al­iz­ing that they were shut­ting the roads down, that it was that bad,” said truck driver Thomas Meyer, who was trav­el­ling with his dog, Lit­tle Hank.

Truck driver Fer­nando Ren­dell said he was headed to Kansas City, Mis­souri, but stopped af­ter see­ing two trucks in the ditch along the slick in­ter­state.

As the sys­tem pushed east, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued a tor­nado watch for parts of Texas, in­clud­ing Hous­ton, and a large swath of Arkansas, where heavy rain had led to stand­ing wa­ter in Lit­tle Rock and winds caused property dam­age in the south­west part of the state.

Tor­nado watches also are in ef­fect for most of Louisiana and western Mis­sis­sippi through the evening hours, while Alabama is bracing for se­vere storms on Wed­nes­day.

On Mon­day, a least five tor­na­does touched down in the Texas Panhandle, in­clud­ing one that hit a Hal­libur­ton dis­trict of­fice near Pampa.

Early Tues­day, two weak tor­na­does touched down in the north­ern sub­urbs of the Dal­las-Fort Worth area, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. No one was in­jured in any of the tor­na­does.

we’ve been pro­ject­ing that we’re go­ing to have a wet win­ter and this is a sign that it’s go­ing to hap­pen. kathy Hoxsie, na­tional Weather ser­vice

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