Published On: Feb 26 2013 10:27:58 AM CSTUpdated On: Feb 26 2013 10:59:57 AM CST
Another major snowstorm pummeled parts of the Midwest on Monday and Tuesday, killing at least three people, cutting power to thousands and affecting 45 million people in 21 states at one point.
The snow began Sunday in Colorado, where CNN iReporter Matthew Colver shared this photo of his back yard in Castle Rock. He said he had used his snow-blower to clear his driveway at about 3 p.m., "but it's filling in pretty fast."
CNN iReporter Brandi Whitacre's husband Brandon took this photo from their backyard in Fairview, Okla. This was after two hours of snow fall, and conditions were getting worse.
In Woodward, Okla., emergency vehicles were still having trouble getting around Tuesday, a day after the storm dropped more than 15 inches of snow. First responders were hindered by snow drifts up to 4 feet tall in front of some homes.
At least three people have died because of the storm: one in Woodward when a roof collapsed.
The other two deaths came in Kansas on Monday in separate weather-related accidents on Interstate 70. One accident happened in Sherman County and the other in Ellis County.
In the Texas panhandle city of Canyon, CNN iReporter Matthew West snapped this picture Monday of a 5-foot snow drift outside his back door. His son's tricycle is in the foreground.
The wet, heavy snow that reached Kansas City on Tuesday snapped tree branches, brought down power lines and made it tough for snow plows and utility crews to keep up.
Power outages doubled to 25,000 before dawn, Kansas City Power and Light said. Most flights out of Kansas City International Airport were canceled.
The storm could bring up to 18 inches of snow to parts of Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Storm watches stretched from Oklahoma to Michigan.
The Kansas National Guard warned that continued snowfall and gusty winds would make travel tricky through Wednesday.
The water release for downstream users from Cachuma Lake to the lower Santa Ynez River is ending early. Water officials say the annual pre set allocation was released quicker than past years and the allotment is moving all the way to Lompoc as scheduled.
A Santa Barbara Coffee Shop on a busy corner for more than 20 years is no longer going to be the daily perk for many customers. The Coffee Cat on Anacapa and Anapamu Streets is going to close at the end of this month.