Blizzard blasts Midwest

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A powerful blizzard blasted the Midwest on Tuesday, and the National Weather Service expected a strong storm system to hit the eastern United States on Wednesday.

The extreme weather conditions caused portions of Interstates 70, 80, 76 and 29 to be closed Tuesday in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. I-80 from North Platte to Lincoln, Neb., reopened Wednesday afternoon.

Parts of Colorado received more than 40 inches of snow. Thousands of customers were without power.

Severe weather also hit Alabama and Mississippi. Tornadoes destroyed dozens of homes in Sapps, Ala., and heavily damaged a prison in Aliceville, Ala.

The National Weather Service said a major storm system would move across the Plains to the Upper Great Lakes on Wednesday. Rain poured along the I-95 corridor from Georgia to Maine.

The forecast showed winter weather advisories in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, California, Wyoming, Nebraska and Maine. Flash flood watches were active in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

In Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts, the U.S. National Weather Service predicts accumulating snow late Thursday and Friday morning.

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