Blizzard and High Wind Warnings remain for eastern Colorado

Big blizzard headed this way: up to 55 mph winds, 11 inches or more of snow

The blizzard-like conditions were expected to stick around in parts of the state through early Saturday.

Three deaths have been attributed to the storm system.

Snow, freezing rain and high winds were expected through Saturday night, with heavy ice accumulations in parts of MI through Sunday morning.

Travel is not recommended as conditions will range from very unsafe to impossible with downed tree branches are possible, too. Sunday's game was also called off because of the storm, which by Saturday night had buried Minneapolis under more than 13 inches of snow (33 centimeters).

The State Patrol counted 320 crashes and 442 vehicle spin-outs statewide between midnight Friday and 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

Video from the scene showed uprooted trees, overturned cars, damaged buildings and downed power lines. "It only takes about half an inch of ice and 20 miles per hour winds to get power outage concerns due to the weight of the ice on the power lines", said Hoeth.

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Ahead of the storm, a major warmup is on the way for Friday and Saturday on the East Coast. High regarding wind and blowing snow. "Please take this storm forecast seriously".

State road and travel conditions may be accessed at the Kansas Department of Transportation KanDrive website www.kandrive.org or on a mobile device, go to 511mm.ksdot.org.

Risky fire weather conditions in Oklahoma contributed to wildfires that forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes near Woodward, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City.

"This is the time of year where we get these roller-coaster deals with the temperature", said Hoeth.

Temperatures Saturday night and Sunday night are expected to fall into the low to mid 20s which maybe unsafe to any sensitive vegetation that has started blooming.

Just Friday, the high in Lincoln was 82 degrees.

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