A blizzard is forecast to develop in the western Plains, including Colorado, on Wednesday, March 13, bringing whiteout conditions and resulting in likely transportation disruptions on Wednesday and into Thursday, March 14. The storm is expected to develop Wednesday afternoon (local time) and into the night. Snowfall of 15-45 cm (6-18 in) is expected in eastern portions of the state and in the mountains with wind gusts of 80 kph (50 mph) and as high as 112 kph (70 mph), causing extremely limited visibility and possible power outages. Significant transportation disruptions are likely in the coming days, particularly on Wednesday. Flight cancelations and delays are likely at Denver International Airport (DEN) and adverse driving conditions, including limited visibility, icy roads, and congestion, is expected across the state, including I-70, I-25, and I-76.
The storm is also forecast to affect eastern Wyoming and western portions of Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota, including Cheyenne and Rapid City. Power outages and transportation disruptions, including flight cancelations and delays, are also likely in these areas.
Individuals in the affected areas, particularly those flying through DEN, are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm their flight status, anticipate significant transportation disruptions, avoid unnecessary travel, and maintain flexible itineraries.
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