Denver / A powerful snowstorm has paralyzed this Tuesday parts of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Nebraska, where schools, public institutions and highways are closed down, while it also threatens to leave millions of people immobilized who had planned a trip to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their families.
In some states where close to 20 million people were affected, the hardest hit up to now has been in Colorado, where Denver International Airport had some 475 flights canceled by sunrise this Tuesday, according to the specialized website Flight Aware.
Airport workers made every effort to clear the snow off the runways in hopes that takeoffs and landings could be resumed sometime Tuesday morning or this afternoon.
But it won’t be easy because the storm left some 30 centimeters (one foot) of snow in Denver and more than twice that in cities north of the Colorado capital.
The storm has taken the life of one person in a highway accident caused by the bad weather near the tourist attraction of Vail, two hours west of Denver.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced that numerous public offices will remain closed due to the extreme weather conditions.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the rains will continue until 5 pm, with the additional problem of blizzards on the prairies in east Colorado, where because of the combination of winds up to 55 kph (34 mph) and snow, “travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow will most likely produce whiteout conditions.”
Due to these circumstances, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOP) urged drivers to wait until weather conditions improve and closed the Interstate 20 highway (which runs between east and west Colorado), due to several accidents, including the fatal one, and Interstate 25, which goes from north to south.
The same storm will continue on its path through the Midwest, with rains from Kansas to Wisconsin.
Minneapolis is expecting up to 15 centimeters of snow Tuesday night, with severe weather including strong winds and chances of a tornado and hail in parts of Missouri, Indiana and Illinois.
The NWS also forecasts powerful storms this Tuesday on both coasts, with a storm in the New York area, and another in northern California and southern Oregon described as a historic “bomb cyclone” because of its possible winds of up to 120 kph – in other words, like a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
This dangerous storm is headed for northwest California and southwest Oregon and could strike with major force between Tuesday and Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.
Some 2.98 million passengers were expected to fly this Wednesday to celebrate this popular holiday with their families, according to estimates of the trade association Airlines for America, which predicted that this year will see a historic record broken wth 31.6 million people traveling by air.
But these plans by so many travelers could be cut short by a storm that will continue to pound the region over the coming days.
If the snowfall rate remains at 2.5 to 5 centimeters per hour, this snowstorm will be the biggest to hit Colorado during the month of November in several decades, according to the CDOT. (November 26, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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una tormenta de nieve está afectando al tráfico tanto aéreo como terrestre en algunos estados de EE.UU.
es poco probable que haya personas que tengan pensado viajar para celebrar el Día de Acción de Gracias.
se descarta que algunas personas no puedan viajar en algunas zonas de EE.UU. por una tormenta de nieve.
nadie ha perdido la vida a causa de esa tormenta de nieve.
se abrirán esta tarde la mayoría de las oficinas públicas.
las oficinas públicas estarán cerradas.
no se prevé que haya fuertes tormentas tanto en la costa este como oeste de EE.UU.
una ventisca no dificultará la conducción en la zona este de Colorado.
CDOT pide que los conductores no conduzcan hasta que no mejore el tiempo.
no es una fecha muy importante para los estadounidenses.
se celebra a finales del mes de diciembre.
millones de personas viajan en EE.UU. para celebrarlo junto a su familia.
hubo una fuerte tormenta de nieve en la capital de EE.UU.
las personas del vídeo están muy bien abrigadas.
no está nevando en Nueva York.