Wet spring snows hit Rockies, Nebraska

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Commuters pass fresh snow from the fringe of a major spring snowstorm in the nearby mountains, in Louisville, Colo., on Monday, May 12, 2014. A spring storm has brought up to 3 feet of snow to the Rockies and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest. In Colorado, the snow that began falling on Mother's Day caused some power outages as it weighed down newly greening trees. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Commuters pass fresh snow from the fringe of a major spring snowstorm in the nearby mountains, in Superior, Colo., on Monday, May 12, 2014. A spring storm has brought up to 3 feet of snow to the Rockies and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest. In Colorado, the snow that began falling on Mother's Day caused some power outages as it weighed down newly greening trees. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Fresh snow from a spring snowstorm covers a hillside in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, May 12, 2014. A spring storm has brought up to three feet of snow to the Rockies and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest. In Colorado, the snow that began falling on Mother's Day caused some power outages as it weighed down newly greening trees. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Heavy snow weighs down trees and bushes as a woman runs in Washington Park in Denver on Monday, May 12, 2014. A spring storm that has brought over a foot of snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest was slowing down travelers and left some without power Monday morning. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Hector Rodrigues clears snow from a driveway to a parking structure in Denver on Monday, May 12, 2014. A spring storm that has brought over a foot of snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest was slowing down travelers and left some without power Monday morning. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Spring snow continues to fall across the Fort Collins, Colo. region Sunday, May 11, 2014. The snow that began falling on Mother's Day caused some power outages as it weighed down newly greening trees by Monday. (AP Photo/The Coloradoan, Erin Hull)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Marti Matsch walks her three dogs, from left to right, Boris, Cleo, and Leila along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
MAY 12 - Brian Pryor takes a shower of snow as he clears the tree limbs in front of his home on University Hill in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, May 12, 2014. A spring storm that has brought over a foot of snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest was slowing down travelers and left some without power Monday morning. (AP Photo/The Boulder Daily Camera, Paul Aiken)
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A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passenger train arrives in Silverton, Colo., on Sunday, May 11, 2014, amid a severe snowstorm that dropped more than a foot on the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. (AP Photo/Silverton Standard, Mark Esper)
Snow covers spring flowers in Denver on Monday, May 12, 2014. A spring storm that has brought over a foot of snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest was slowing down travelers and left some without power Monday morning. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
COMMERCE CITY, CO - MAY 11: Erick Torres (9) of Chivas USA throws a snowball into the air as teammates celebrates with Marvin Chavez (38) after he scored his first goal against the Colorado Rapids during the second half. Chivas USA defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COMMERCE CITY, CO - MAY 11: A snowman stands on the sidelines as Eric Avila (15) of Chivas USA inbounds a pass against the Colorado Rapids during the second half. Chivas USA defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Marti Matsch walks her three dogs, from left to right, Boris, Cleo, and Leila along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Spring blossoms on trees are coated with snow along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Marti Matsch walks her three dogs, from left to right, Boris, Cleo, and Leila along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Spring flowers are coated with snow along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Spring flowers are coated with snow along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Marti Matsch walks her three dogs, from left to right, Boris, Cleo, and Leila along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Marti Matsch walks her three dogs, from left to right, Boris, Cleo, and Leila along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - May 11, 2014: Marti Matsch walks her three dogs, from left to right, Boris, Cleo, and Leila along 9th street in Boulder, CO on May 11, 2014. amidst big fat wet snowflakes. 4-9 inches is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with up to a foot forecast for the foothills and mountains. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
CENTENNIAL, CO. - MAY 11: Spring and winter collide as a heavy wet snowstorm hit Colorado on Mothers day covering blooms and blossoms and tulips. (Photo By Steve Nehf / The Denver Post)
CENTENNIAL, CO. - MAY 11: Spring and winter collide as a heavy wet snowstorm hit Colorado on Mothers day covering blooms and blossoms and tulips. (Photo By Steve Nehf / The Denver Post)
CENTENNIAL, CO. - MAY 11: Spring and winter collide as a heavy wet snowstorm hit Colorado on Mothers day covering blooms and blossoms. (Photo By Steve Nehf / The Denver Post)
CENTENNIAL, CO. - MAY 11: Spring and winter collide as a heavy wet snowstorm hit Colorado on Mothers day covering blooms, blossoms and had birds looking for cover. (Photo By Steve Nehf / The Denver Post)
CENTENNIAL, CO. - MAY 11: Spring and winter collide as a heavy wet snowstorm hit Colorado on Mothers day covering blooms, blossoms and had birds looking for cover. (Photo By Steve Nehf / The Denver Post)
LAKEWOOD, CO - MAY 12: People take a walk in Belmar Park in Lakewood, May 12, 2014. A slow moving spring snow storm has blanketed the Denver area in new snow. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - MAY 12: A man takes his dog for a morning walk in Belmar Park in Lakewood, May 12, 2014. A slow moving spring snow storm has blanketed much of the Denver area in new snow. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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By THOMAS PEIPERT

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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