Lydia Vasquez scrapes ice from the windshield of her automobile in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 31. A front moved through the state early Monday morning, bringing with it freezing rain, snow, and cold.
A massive storm system brings thunderous hail to Kansas, white-out blizzard conditions in the Great Lakes, fierce winds to Texas, and possible flash flooding in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
Winter storm Hercules packed more punch than had been expected. Before the storm exited the Northeast by midday Friday, parts of Massachusetts were coated in almost two feet of snow, and air travel was disrupted at the region's major airports.
The linguistic takeaway from a major snowstorm turns out to be that 'blizzard' is a relatively new term.
Blizzard conditions shut down parts of I-40 and I-70 in New Mexico, Kansas, and Texas. At least six traffic fatalities were blamed on the snowstorm and high winds.
After two snowy years where over half the country woke up to snow on Christmas, this yuletide is expected to be far less white for much of the US – even with a blizzard in the Southwest.