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Wet spring snows hit Rockies, Nebraska


DENVER (AP) - Much of Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming was closed Monday after a spring storm brought up to 3 feet of snow to the Rockies and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest.

A flash flood watch was in effect for portions of Oklahoma and Arkansas, where more than 4 inches of rain were possible. Meanwhile, residents in eastern Nebraska were cleaning up from Sunday's thunderstorms and twisters, which ripped roofs off homes and toppled buildings, but caused no major injuries. People in the western Panhandle woke up to a blanket of heavy, wet snow.

In Wyoming, a 180-mile stretch of I-80 was closed between the Nebraska state line and Rawlins. Another 200 miles of eastbound I-80 between the Utah state line and Rawlins also was closed because of snow and blowing snow. Truck stops in southeastern Wyoming were full of stranded truckers.

In Colorado, the snow that began falling on Mother's Day caused some power outages as it weighed down newly greening trees.

Among those affected by the outages was Denver International Airport, where some escalators and elevators temporarily stalled Monday morning. Airport spokeswoman Julie Smith said a backup generator spared the airport any major problems. At least 27 arriving and departing flights were canceled due to the weather, but Smith said there were no major delays. Crews were working overnight to de-ice runways.

The lingering snow slowed down Monday morning's commute in the Denver area but driving conditions were worse in the mountains. The weather appears to be to blame for at least one fatal crash Sunday on U.S. Highway 285 southwest of Denver.

The highway was one of the worst for accidents in the storm. Two law enforcement cruisers were also hit along the road in less than an hour responding to other crashes.

In Nebraska, officials said the storms damaged homes and businesses in or near Sutton, Garland, Cordova and Daykin, knocking out power. Parts of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, were hit by strong thunderstorms and hail, which also caused some power outages.

"May snow certainly isn't unheard of here in Colorado, even down in the Denver metro area," said David Barjenbruch, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder. "If we see the total accumulations that we are anticipating from this storm, we are certainly going to see a top 10 May snow event for the Denver metro area."

In the West, high winds at the bottom of the storm sent dust blowing across Arizona and New Mexico, and the Los Angeles area had been under "red flag" fire warnings, with authorities saying blazes could quickly spread out of control under low humidity, gusty winds and dry conditions.

The storm is the result of a low-pressure system moving east colliding with a cold air mass from the north. While temperatures were expected to drop below freezing Monday night, spring-like weather was expected to return to the Rockies by Tuesday.

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BWhitcroft May 12 2014 at 1:33 PM

it's mother nature

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grizzelbuck May 12 2014 at 1:57 PM

A part of climate change that is to be expected are weather extremes. This could be considered extreme don't ya think?

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sealtheborder11 May 12 2014 at 1:57 PM

Thank god for clear headed, logical thinking from our REPUB leaders....otherwise the LIBS would have us paying $12 per gallon for gasoline and $2000 a month for heating or cooling our homes! The liberal agenda of climate change / global scamming is higher prices and increased taxes on the middle class...........

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grizzelbuck sealtheborder11 May 12 2014 at 2:08 PM

Talk about delusion.....

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Larry sealtheborder11 May 12 2014 at 2:13 PM

Humans are the only species that pays to live on earth, Then again there are those who live completely off the grid for free

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smittymarie Larry May 12 2014 at 2:41 PM

and humans are the only ones who are destroying it.

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sealtheborder11 May 12 2014 at 1:58 PM

I have a good laugh at the liberal and warmer comments trying to personify the earth......SHE will be angry at deniers.......SHE will retaliate with weather......LOL!!!!!!!!! What delusion!

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Erin sealtheborder11 May 12 2014 at 2:07 PM

Certainly no crazier than people who think we have hurricanes and tornadoes to punish us for our policies on abortion and homosexuality. Other side of the coin, I guess.

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onionson Erin May 12 2014 at 2:46 PM

Yes, IF the Bible is false THEN those people are crazy. IF the Bible is true THEN those people are still crazy. IF the Bible is true THEN God is not sending out immediate punishment for anything during the New Testament days of grace and dispensation. (IF the Bible is true THEN it did not work in the OT times and he is trying something new) IF the Bible is true THEN Satan might be doing those things and getting some to blame God for them. IF the Bible is false THEN there might or might not be a Mother Nature entity responsible for these events. IF the Bible is true and there is a Mother Nature entity THEN it is probably Satan in disguise taking credit (worship) for the good and some of the bad (retaliation for mis treatment of the earth) while getting God blamed for some of the bad. IF the Bible is true THEN God gave this world to "man" and we were tricked into giving it to Satan.

Whether the Bible is true or false it might be a good idea to know what the other side of the coin is.

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onionson sealtheborder11 May 12 2014 at 2:18 PM

I have a good laugh at the nut cases trying to personify the earth. IT never gets angry and IT never retaliates and IT never gets angry at deniers and IT never retaliates with weather. LOL!!!!!!! What a delusion.

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larry May 12 2014 at 9:02 PM

This really blows the "Global Warming" article in the first Aol article I read earlier. After reading that news article you would have come away thinking we are going to need scuba equipment and be knee-deep in ocean currents in the middle of Phoenix Arizona.

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EDMAN May 12 2014 at 2:03 PM

I was stationed in the Air Force Acdemy Band 61-65 and during my last year there the Graduation Ceremonies were cancelled due to a snowstorm ....this was June, 1965. This was 49 years ago !! Why do people keep obsessing on Global Warming? I believe nature runs in cycles. I read an article just the other day predicting changes and destruction to the Polar Cap...it was written in 1922 !!!

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FreeEnergy May 12 2014 at 2:06 PM

Maybe someone can find AL Gore burried under the snow there?

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deepdlt May 12 2014 at 2:06 PM

Al Gore was right there is Climate Change!!!! Its cold out there!

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Larry May 12 2014 at 2:08 PM

and to think me ((MR TRUCK DRIVER ))) used to run run that I-80 patch, every other week. glad i gave up my spurs . now mr goverment has all the new breed brain washed 6 week wonders working for nothing. your not alone mr old school truck driver. i bid you peace.

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Jim May 12 2014 at 2:08 PM

Add a comment...Don't you just love Global Warming/climate change made by men? Nature does what it wishes we as humans have little effect on World Weather. If you could have developing nations stop chopping down rain forrest it would help the CO2 levels but the US takes blame becauase of weak leaders and bad science.

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