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Great Plains Storm Flight Delays Colorado New Mexico Texas Kansas

December 20, 2011 by staff 

Great Plains Storm Flight Delays Colorado New Mexico Texas KansasGreat Plains Storm Flight Delays Colorado New Mexico Texas Kansas, A blizzard blamed for seven deaths pounded a 1,000-mile-wide area from New Mexico and Texas to Colorado and Missouri Tuesday with as much as 18 inches of snow.

Whiteout conditions and below-zero wind-chill temperature readings prompted officials to close dozens of roads, including long stretches of major Interstates in parts of New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Kansas due to near-zero visibility, officials said.

In eastern Colorado, a Corrections Corp. of America van carrying two guards and nine prisoners rolled over on icy Interstate 70 between Genoa and Limon, killing a guard and an inmate, the Colorado State Patrol said. Eight other inmates and a prison employee were hospitalized with moderate to serious injuries, police said.

Weather was also blamed for the deaths of five people, including two children, when a small plane crashed Monday night in central Texas near the community of Edge, KBTX-TV, Bryan/College Station, Texas, reported. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the plane, which had departed from Atlanta, made a stop in Jackson, Miss., before heading toward Waco, Texas.

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