‘Epic’ storm brings blizzard, tornado threat to mid-US

March 15, 2019

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A window-rattling late-winter storm brought blizzards, high winds, rain or floods to more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond.

“This is a very epic cyclone,” said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center.

“We’re looking at something that will go down in the history books.”

Blowing snow forced major highways to close in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. About 1,000 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport, and nearly 40 more were canceled at Colorado Springs.

Severe thunderstorms in North Texas damaged buildings and flipped over small planes parked at an airport. Nebraska was bracing for heavy rains.

Parts of seven states were under blizzard warnings, and 20 states were under some level of high wind alert, Carbin said.