Travel chaos: Blizzard warnings to severe thunderstorms


There’s a storm system covering much of the U.S. that’s producing severe storms in the south and blizzard-like conditions in parts of the Plains and Midwest and east to New England.

The storm system that forced a cancellation of a college football game in Texas due to unrelenting lightning drove blizzard-like conditions through parts of the Midwest on Thursday and threatened travel chaos from Minnesota down to Kansas and east to New England.

Blizzard warnings were in effect for parts of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Some areas were bracing for up to 18 inches snow. Sustained winds of 15-30 mph with gusts ranging between 35 and 50 mph are anticipated in parts of the region.

In Kansas, Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency.

“We hope that travelers will be wise by paying attention to weather alerts and not unnecessarily placing themselves in harm’s way as the storm moves through,” Colyer said.

Travel will be hazardous with slick snow-covered roads, especially in areas where blizzard warnings are in effect, the National Weather Service warned.

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