Most cancellations are taking place at Denver International Airport, where all runways were closed Wednesday due to ice and extremely bad visibility caused by the severe winter storm, the airport tweeted. The roads around the airport have also been closed or blocked by road accidents for most of the day.
Airport employees distributed blankets to the many passengers stranded overnight.
"For passengers joining us at night, we want you to be as comfortable as possible." Visit the customer service kiosk in Hall A, B or Luggage Recovery Zone 9 in the terminal and take a look at cover, "announced the airport tweet Wednesday night. .
The violent storm will move east on Thursday, bringing what the National Meteorological Service calls "a hurricane of great proportions in the Great Plains".
A bomb cyclone occurs when there is a rapid pressure drop, with a decrease of at least 24 millibars – a measurement of atmospheric pressure – over 24 hours. This storm has dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday to Wednesday.
From blizzards to tornadoes
As the storm spreads across the United States, a combination of extreme weather conditions should accompany it.
While the hurricane caused blizzard storms in Colorado, it caused flooding in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri – mostly along the Mississippi River.
It has also triggered strong winds in several states. Hurricane strength could be felt from Colorado until Amarillo, Texas.
Wind gusts of 50 to 100 km / h are expected until Thursday morning in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, announced CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett. In some areas gusts can reach 110 mph.
Severe storms, flash floods, heavy fog and possible tornadoes are also threats as the storm spreads to the central part of the country.
125,000 without electricity
The strong winds cut power to 125,000 people, mainly in Colorado and Texas.
Wyoming had closed the state offices in Cheyenne, while the governor of South Dakota had ordered the closure of state offices in 39 counties in central and western Canada. because of the storm.
Stuck at the terminal and on the road
The travelers had problems at the airport as well as on the roads.
On Wednesday, 100 vehicles were involved in a 25 highway accident on Interstate 25 near Wellington, Colorado, announced Wellington Fire Protection.
According to the Facebook page of the fire department, there were no deaths, but the wounded, whether minor or serious, were injured and the emergency responders came from Colorado. and Wyoming.
About 1,100 motorists were also stranded in the storm that crossed Colorado.
The weather was so harsh in the country that law enforcement forces had to abandon their vehicles and shelter instead of reacting to the large number of road accidents, said managers.
"We are about to rescue the rescuers," said Sam Albrecht, director of Elbert County.
In Weld County, north of Denver, Cpl. Daniel Groves, 52, was struck by a car on Wednesday morning while attending a motorist whose car slipped on Interstate 76, according to state police. Groves, at work since 2007, has been declared dead in a hospital.
The patrol indicated that high speed under difficult driving conditions was under study. No charges had been filed.