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Well boys and girls, it's that time of year when some of us outside of the UK like to bore the rest of you with our weather issues.

 

Last day of December and we are having our first real snow event in Omaha. The white stuff is coming down at a fair clip and is sticking to the grass and houses quite nicely.

 

It's not too cold (30 F) and it's not windy either.

 

We have been lucky so far, but other places have not faired so well.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061231/ap_on_...s/winter_storms

 

Monster winter storm moves into Plains

 

By JON SARCHE, Associated Press Writer

Sun Dec 31, 7:42 AM ET

 

DENVER - Denver was spared another round of heavy snow but an expansive winter storm that rolled out of the Rockies trapped drivers farther east in 10-foot drifts.

 

Denver had expected a foot or more of additional snow through Sunday, but the storm trudged northeast from New Mexico into the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Parts of eastern Colorado still expected up to 2 feet, along with high winds.

 

The storm stretched nearly from Canada to Mexico.

 

"It's still a very powerful storm," said meteorologist Jim Kalina of the National Weather Service. Winds exceeding 50 mph produced whiteout conditions.

 

National Guard troops in tracked vehicles crawled through the blizzard to rescue hundreds of motorists who became stranded in the region's second blizzard during the busy holiday travel season.

 

"They're telling me it's zero visibility," said Maj. Gen. Mason Whitney, the state adjutant general. "They'll kind of bump into something and it'll turn out to be a car with people in it."

 

The Guard and Civil Air Patrol planned to do searches by helicopter early Sunday, weather permitting.

 

The storm, which hampered air travel through Denver on Thursday and Friday, spread snow from New Mexico to the Dakotas and generated strong thunderstorms in the lower Mississippi Valley.

 

Conditions were so bad that some snowplows had to stay off the roads.

 

In Denver, the sun emerged Saturday for the first time in several days, helping street crews clearing snow and ice left from the pre-Christmas blizzard. Major carriers at Denver International Airport resumed flying regular schedules after canceling 20 percent of flights during the storm.

 

The weather service on Saturday reported 30 inches in the foothills west of Denver, with more than 9 inches in the city.

 

Parts of Interstate 70 from the Rockies to Kansas remained closed Saturday, along with several other major east-west highways. In New Mexico, Interstate 25 from Pueblo to Santa Fe was also closed.

 

A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said most major roads from Kansas into Colorado would remain closed until Colorado officials reopen their routes.

 

Ice and strong winds knocked out power to at least 14,000 people in Kansas, where up to 18 inches of snow had fallen by Saturday in some areas. The snow later turned to rain in many areas. Up to a foot fell in southwestern and central Nebraska.

 

One traffic death was blamed on the storm in Colorado and a tornado killed one person Friday in Texas. The storm also created severe thunderstorms in the South. A possible tornado was reported Saturday in southern Louisiana.

 

On Friday, tornadoes generated by the storm in Texas destroyed as many as 50 homes and forced President Bush and his wife into an armored vehicle on his Crawford ranch.

 

Residents of an assisted living center for military veterans in Texas had little time to react Friday before a tornado struck, killing one person.

 

More than 15 inches of snow fell at Albuquerque's airport by noon Saturday, setting records.

 

In North Dakota, transportation officials pulled snowplows off many roads late Saturday because of reduced visibility.

 

The National Weather Service said snowfall amounts in the central part of the state late Saturday night ranged from 8 inches in Bismarck to 16 inches in Ashley, with up to 3 more inches expected overnight.

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