Morning rain in Denver quickly turned to snow by afternoon with the potential of 10 inches of powder to fall in the state's capital, with even more in the mountains and plains to the east.
Cars were stuck on and off the roads that were eventually shut down.
One death has been attributed to the storm. Daniel Groves, 52, was struck by a auto Wednesday morning while assisting a motorist whose vehicle slid off Interstate 76, according to the state police.
About 200 vehicles were disabled on Interstate 25 near Colorado Springs, and many more drivers were being rescued on secondary roads, said Kyle Lester with the transportation department's Division of Highway Maintenance.
A blizzard that paralyzed parts of Colorado and Wyoming barreled into the Midwest on Thursday, bringing whiteout conditions to western Nebraska and dumping heavy rain that prompted evacuations in communities farther east.
Not too often. The National Weather Service didn't have immediate data on when the last one was.
Several thousand spent the night @DENAirport following Wednesday's #blizzard, many using blankets handed out by the airport. About 26.4 cm of snow blanketed the city as schools across the GTA were forced to close down due to the overwhelming weather conditions.
The NWS was uring people in the area of the storm to closely monitor all weather alerts and travel advisories for their own safety throughout the storm. "If people are home, that is the best place to be today", Ford said.
A major winter storm, described by meteorologists as a "bomb cyclone", is blasting parts of the country's midsection. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts also issued a state of emergency on Tuesday.
Ice blocks brought by flood waters lie on the road in Howard County, Nebraska, on March 13, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media on March 14, 2019.
The next major winter storm is whipping through the central US with blizzard conditions in six states.
"A bomb cyclone on the East Coast around this time a year ago killed multiple people, shut down train and plane service and knocked out power to about 2 million people", NPR's Rebecca Hersher reported Wednesday.
But what is a bomb cyclone? A bomb cyclone is an area where low pressure drops like, well, a weather bomb. Heavy rain caused flooding in eastern parts of both states and in Iowa. As the storm moves eastward, it will weaken - but it will still bring risks of high winds, hail and tornadoes to a broad region from the Great Lakes to the South, the NWS says.
Watches, warnings and advisories for the storm cover about 1.5 million square miles, which is roughly half of the area of the continental United States - and they stretch from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.