A Midwest snowstorm is bringing a last blast of the departed winter across much of the nation, threatening to drop as many as 10 inches on Sunday.
The snowstorm comes a few days following the official start of spring, hitting after many residents have already taken gas out of the snow blowers and put their shovels away. It is expected to bring heavy snow across the Plains and Midwest, with particularly hazardous conditions in Missouri, the National Weather Service reported.
There the storm brought a combination of high winds and heavy snow, crippling roadways and making traveling hazardous. Though snow was only expected to accumulate only three to five inches in Missouri, winds there were expected to reach 18 to 30 mph.
“The wind is going to be effecting everybody,” Steve Lindenberg, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, told the News-Leader. “It’s going to certainly reduce visibility quite a bit.”
In Colorado, the snowstorm was blamed for a number of crashes. Parts of Interstate 25 was closed for hours as an estimated 20 to 50 vehicles either crashed of slipped off the roadway.
The American Red Cross was responding to help stranded motorists, while troopers and Colorado Department of Transportation personnel were responding to the multiple rollovers and minor crashes along the hardest-hit corridor.
Several pile-ups of 10 cars or more were reported as visibility from the Midwest snowstorm dropped.
The Midwest snowstorm also caused chaos for air travelers, with many flights canceled and delayed. At the Denver International Airport, more than 200 flights were canceled, mostly smaller commuter flights to regional mountainous areas.
Several major roadways were also closed due to the Midwest snowstorm, though officials believed they will be back to normal by the start of the week.
There could be a silver lining to the Midwest snowstorm, meteorologist Dan Smith said. Though snowstorms aren’t uncommon in the spring, he said the snow often doesn’t hang around too long in the warmer temperatures.