| KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 10
KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 10 Forecasts for severe
weather, including tornadoes, failed to materialize overnight in
the central U.S. region, prompting a sigh of relief from
residents early on Wednesday.
"We dodged a big bullet yesterday and last night. I don't
know why things changed but I'm glad they changed," said Pat
Slattery, spokesman for the National Weather Service in Kansas
Forecasters had called for possible baseball-sized hail and
potentially deadly tornadoes as a cold front sweeping through
Colorado collided with balmy conditions in Texas, Oklahoma and
The region did see isolated hail storms from Texas into
Iowa, and a lighting strike that set off a small explosion at a
farm in Texas.
As well, freezing rain and snow caused power outages, flight
cancellations and highway closures, but overall conditions
overall were tamer than expected, said Greg Carbin,
meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center for the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Grim weather is still on cards for the region, however, with
more snow, rain and freezing temperatures forecast Wednesday.
Rapid City, South Dakota could see up to 26 inches (66 cm)
of snow Wednesday and 18 inches (46 cm) was forecast in North
Dakota. Kansas City, meanwhile, was under a flash flood warning
after heavy overnight rains, with more rainfall expected
Severe storms were also possible in Missouri and Arkansas,
"It's going to be a busy day again today. We're not
completely out of the woods," said Slattery.
The Denver International Airport was open and operating
normally Wednesday morning after heavy snow forced the
cancellation of about 500 flights on Tuesday. Temperatures there
were still a frigid 7 degrees Fahrenheit (-14 C) but operations
were back to normal.
"Everything is great. It is blue skies," said airport
spokesman Heath Montgomery. "It is very cold but that is the way
(Editing by Scott Malone and Bernadette Baum)