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Littleton Public Schools also saw many challenges of power outages at several schools, along with icy and unplowed parking lots and roads, which is why district officials have chose to cancel all classes and school-sponsored activities for Thursday. This is a serious blizzard!
"We expect a major blizzard to unfold with winds likely to approach hurricane force, heavy snow and massive drifts", AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Blizzard and winter storm warnings have been issued in parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota. "The central and southern mountains will see the highest snow accumulations with 10 to 20 inches expected through Thursday morning and upwards of 2 feet or more in the San Juan Mountains".
Travel will be risky and nearly impossible in some places.
Hundreds of flights were canceled at Denver International Airport, and almost 40 were grounded in Colorado Springs.
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In the Denver area, blowing snow could cause risky blizzard conditions.
Multiple Colorado school districts were closed Wednesday, including Denver Public Schools, which cited "severe storm, power outages across the city and poor road conditions".
Earlier Wednesday, Gov. Kristi Noem has closed state government offices in 39 central and western counties because of blizzard conditions.
The explosive storm system continues impacting travel, power and safety across the region as damaging wind and areas of heavy snowfall continues into Wednesday evening.
Citizens in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma are predicted to see winds from 50 to 70 miles per hour. Some areas could see gusts as strong as 110 miles per hour.
The storm is forecast to rapidly intensify overnight Wednesday east of the Colorado Rockies and trek slowly northeast through Thursday, bringing a variety of extreme weather from New Mexico to the Midwest.
In the southern half of the country, hurricane-strength winds are expected through Thursday morning.
The hazardous winds are bringing rain and snow to known areas like the Rocky Mountains, the Plains, the Mississippi Valley and the Great lakes region, putting up to 70 million people in its path.
The storm could also cause flooding, as rain falls on accumulated snow and rivers clogged with ice begin to rise.