Risky winter storm batters western US

Denver Colorado. More than 1800 flights into and out of Denver have been canceled this weekend as a winter storm is expected to bring

In southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska, winds were howling as the storm cranked up Sunday. At times near white-out conditions will be possible, and winds could gust as high as 35 miles per hour. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. If Denver picks up 2 feet of snow, it will be the fourth biggest snowstorm on record, and the most snow for the city since 2003, when the city picked up 31.8 inches of snow.

Around 10:30 a.m., NWS Boulder shared an infographic regarding expected snowfall in the area, writing, "This includes snow that fell between 6AM and 9AM". A foot of snow had fallen in Denver, and more was on the way.

Wind gusts had topped 50 miles per hour in Cheyenne.

The Colorado Department of Transportation warned that road closures are highly likely and asked people not to make unnecessary trips. "Backcountry travel is very risky and not recommended", it concluded.

The central United States now faces ice storm warnings, winter storm warnings and watches, and severe weather advisories as of Sunday morning.

The Associated Press reported that 98 trucks were stranded outside of Cheyenne.

Parts of Texas were in recovery mode after being pounded by tornadoes and heavy storms Friday and Saturday. Central time, two tornadoes spun up simultaneously about 15 to 20 miles south of Amarillo. Randall County Sheriff Christopher Forbis reported hail the size of baseballs.

The heavy and wet snow is threatening trees and power lines. "One house was damaged, but the family was in the basement".

More severe weather rolled through Texas and Oklahoma all the way to the Mississippi River on Sunday.

"The wind has really become an issue", Cooper said.

Parts of Missouri already received over 3 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that the heaviest snowfall will occur near the Iowa border in the southwestern corner of the state. Damaging winds and hail will also be a threat in storms in this region.

Heavy, gusty storms could shift east into the OH and Tennessee valleys on Monday, AccuWeather said.

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