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Season's first big snow hitting Rockies, spreading to parts of Midwest

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 8:20am  ET

DENVER (AP) -- Forecasters say a big storm in the Rocky Mountain region could drop up to six inches of snow along the Front Range, home to 4.1 million of Colorado's 5 million residents.

The storm has already caused difficult driving conditions in western Colorado that prompted officials to close Colorado 65 over the 11,333-foot Grand Mesa near Grand Junction.

The storm could cause travel delays on major highways such as Interstate 40 in Arizona, Interstate 15 in Utah, Interstate 70 in Utah and Colorado and Interstate 25 in Colorado. Airport delays are also expected in Denver.

The National Weather Service says two-day snow totals of 3-8 inches are likely in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Mountains and ski areas in the three states will get more snow.

In Kansas, there is a threat of blizzard conditions for most western counties.

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112-a-14-(Bruce Sullivan, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"and into wisconsin"-National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Sullivan says the storm could cause upwards of 6 inches of snow. (19 Dec 2012)

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113-a-18-(Bruce Sullivan, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"parts of Michigan"-National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Sullivan says some areas could get a lot of snow from this system. (19 Dec 2012)

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111-a-12-(Bruce Sullivan, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"portions of Plains"-National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Sullivan says a large portion of the country is in for a winter storm. (19 Dec 2012)

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087-a-14-(Mike Hudson, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"into Friday morning"-National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Hudson says a winter snowstorm is moving through the Rocky Mountain region then will head to the central part of the country as many get ready to begin their holiday travels. (19 Dec 2012)

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086-a-14-(Mike Hudson, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"Denver, uh, Colorado Springs"-National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Hudson says Denver International Airport could see delays. (19 Dec 2012)

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085-a-13-(Mike Hudson, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"the Great Lakes"-National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Hudson says the forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches of snow in southern Utah and northern Arizona and 6 to 8 inches of snow in some parts of Colorado. (19 Dec 2012)

<> 00:13 "the Great Lakes"

266-a-14-(Mike Hudson, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"into Friday morning"-National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Hudson says a winter snowstorm is moving through the Rocky Mountain region then will head to the central part of the country as many get ready to begin their holiday travels. (18 Dec 2012)

<> 00:14 "into Friday morning"

264-a-13-(Mike Hudson, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"the Great Lakes"-National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Hudson says the forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches of snow in southern Utah and northern Arizona and 6 to 8 inches of snow in some parts of Colorado. (18 Dec 2012)

<> 00:13 "the Great Lakes"

265-a-14-(Mike Hudson, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"Denver, uh, Colorado Springs"-National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Hudson says Denver International Airport could see delays. (18 Dec 2012)

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