The Latest: Storm impacting flights, schools, even baseball
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather impacting the central U.S. (all times local):
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has activated the National Guard in case troops are needed to rescue stranded motorists as they did during last month’s blizzard.
Guard officials said Wednesday that 50 soldiers and 24 vehicles will be positioned in the eastern part of the state, including vehicles with tank-like tracks for negotiating deep snow.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says highway closures are likely with a blizzard warning in place through Thursday morning.
The March blizzard paralyzed many of the same areas that are under the current warning.
Troops searched through the night and rescued 75 people and two dogs from vehicles, mostly in four counties southeast of Denver.
State officials in flood-ravaged Nebraska are bracing once again for a major snowstorm that threatens to disrupt travel and endanger motorists.
The state Department of Transportation closed Interstate 80 in western Nebraska Wednesday afternoon from the intersection of Interstate 76 to the Wyoming border.
The Nebraska State Patrol is sending additional troopers into the state’s panhandle to help with any storm-related needs.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that he has extended five weather-related executive orders until May 15 to help communities gain fast access to the state’s emergency resources.
Officials say it’s too early to know whether the storm will lead to additional flooding in the state, which is still recovering from last month’s record disaster