A winter storm nearly stretching from Canada to Mexico rolled out of the Rocky Mountains, sparing the residents of Denver another round of heavy snow, but trapping holiday travelers on highways farther east in 3m drifts.
Denver had expected at least 30cm of additional snow through yesterday, but the storm instead trudged northeast on Saturday, moving from New Mexico into northern Texas.
Parts of eastern Colorado still expected up to 60cm of snow in combination with highly powerful winds.
"It's still a very powerful storm," said meteorologist Jim Kalina of the US National Weather Service.
Winds exceeding 80kph produced whiteout conditions.
National Guard troops driving tracked vehicles crawled through the blizzard to rescue hundreds of motorists who had become stranded in the region's second blizzard during the busy holiday travel season.
"They're telling me it's zero visibility," said Major General 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 yesterday, weather permitting.
The storm, which hampered air travel through Denver on Thursday and Friday, spread snow from New Mexico to the Dakotas.
The storm also 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 on 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 reported 76cm in the foothills west of Denver, with more than 23cm in the city.
Parts of the Interstate 70 highway from the Rockies to Kansas remained closed on Saturday, along with several other major east-west highways.
In New Mexico, Interstate 25 from Pueblo to Santa Fe was also closed.
Ice and strong winds knocked out power to at least 14,000 people in Kansas, where up to 46cm of snow had fallen by Saturday in some areas. The snow later turned to rain in many areas.
One traffic death was blamed on the storm in Colorado and a tornado killed one person on Friday in Texas.
The storm also created severe thunderstorms in the South.
A possible tornado was reported on Saturday in southern Louisiana, as well.
On Friday, tornadoes generated by the storm in Texas destroyed as many as 50 homes.
US President George W. Bush and his wife were forced to take shelter from violent weather in an armored vehicle on their Crawford, Texas, ranch.
Residents of an assisted living center for military veterans in Texas had little time to react on Friday before a tornado struck, killing one person.
Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat that it said had been rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel near islands in the South China Sea. The Vietnamese fishing vessel, with eight fishermen onboard, was fishing near the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands, 西沙群島) on Thursday when it was rammed and sunk by the Chinese vessel, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement posted on a government Web site yesterday. All of the fishermen were picked up by the Chinese vessel alive and were transferred to two other Vietnamese fishing vessels
Reporters Without Borders has accused the Algerian government of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to “settle scores” with independent journalists, including those covering long-running anti-government protests. In a statement signed with Algerian non-governmental organizations, the watchdog on Thursday called for the immediate release of its correspondent, Khaled Drareni, who has been in pretrial detention since Sunday after being charged with inciting an unarmed gathering and endangering national unity. Drareni has been arrested several times for covering the “Hirak” anti-government protests held in the capital, Algiers, every Friday since February last year. Imprisoning people during a pandemic is “an act of physical endangerment,”
DIVIDED YOUTH: There is a belief that overseas students see themselves as superior, which is compounded by perceptions of their extreme wealth and multiple nationalities Chinese students flying home from overseas to escape the COVID-19 pandemic face a frosty reception from sections of the public who view them as wealthy, spoiled — and potentially contaminated. The number of officially reported cases in China has dwindled dramatically over the last month, but the country is now taking drastic steps to try and stem a second wave of infections brought in from abroad. With most international flights canceled and nearly all foreigners barred from entering the country, the vast majority of returnees are Chinese nationals, including many students. The situation has exposed animosities over class and privilege in Chinese society,
The dramatic quietening of towns and cities during lockdown in Britain has changed the way the Earth moves beneath our feet, scientists said. Seismologists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have found that their sensors are twitching less now that human activity has been curtailed, leading to a drop in the anthropogenic din that vibrates through the planet. The fall in the human hum that rings around the world means that, in theory at least, the scientists should be able to detect smaller earthquakes in the UK, and more distant tremors in Europe and in countries further afield than their equipment usually