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A significant blizzard impacted the region with freezing rain, snow, and strong winds on January 21st and 22nd. Power outages were reported in Colby as sleet and wet snow combined with gusty north winds. Widespread reports of near zero to zero visibility were received with snowfall rates at or above one inch per hour during the periods of heaviest snowfall.  The first reports of one quarter mile or less visibility began coming in around 2:40PM in Yuma County, spreading eastward and southeastward through the remainder of the afternoon and evening. Blizzard conditions continued overnight Sunday, peaking in intensity early Monday morning. Most, if not all, area highways closed as there were reports of anything from stranded motorists to jackknifed semi-trucks blocking the roadways. Snowfall ended from west to east through the day on Monday; however, blowing and drifting snow persisted, making several area roads temporarily impassable.

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