Several highways and stretches of interstates were closed in the three states. It was one of several spinouts, rollovers and accidents that kept law enforcement busy.
One to 2 feet of snow is expected from northern Nebraska into parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota.
The largest April snowstorm on record in the Twin Cities happened just previous year when 15.8 inches fell over three days in mid-April. Visibility was limited during the blizzard and travel was not advised. Operations are expected to return to normal Thursday afternoon. There is a possibility of thunder associated with this storm.
A storm last month led to massive flooding in the Midwest that caused billions of dollars in damage.
East of the Colorado's Rocky Mountains was not so lucky.
More than 500 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport on Wednesday, about a quarter of its total schedule, according to FlightAware.com, an airline tracking website.
Parts of Colorado, Minnesota, and South Dakota saw as much as two feet of snow on Thursday, knocking out power to more than 77,000 and causing at least two deaths. Winds will also gust at 45 miles per hour.
And driving conditions? "The roads are bad", said one South Dakota sheriff's department spokesman.
There was widespread power outages, road closures and treacherous driving.
"This storm is going to be risky", Patrol Maj.
"It's essentially a thunderstorm, but it's cold enough for snow", Connelly said.
Hundreds of schools canceled classes in Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota, where the governor closed state offices in much of the state for a second day Thursday because of unsafe road conditions.
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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts extended five weather-related executive orders until May 15 to help communities gain fast access to the state's emergency resources.
Warm spring temperatures will give way to heavy snow, gale-force winds and life-threatening conditions across a swath of the central United States running from Colorado to Minnesota over the next two days, the National Weather Service said. Nebraska, too, normally gets blizzards in early spring. Hundreds of schools canceled classes Thursday. Local governments, including in Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming, and state government in the Denver area closed offices early.
Whiteout conditions on roadways were making "travel extremely risky", according to the weather service. "The color is likely due to dust that was blown by high winds all the way from west Texas".
The system also created hazardous wildfire conditions in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The National Weather Service reported that daily snowfall records had already fallen in La Crosse, Wausau and Green Bay.
Forecasters had expected the extreme weather to be a bomb cyclone Wednesday as the storm whipped the Rockies and Plains and delivered a temperature shock to a region enjoying springlike conditions.
"It is part of the same one-two punch that has accompanied the storms over the past few months", Gust said.
Snow alerts are still in effect Friday for Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and MI.
Forecasters said that the storm will spread snow over the Central and Northern Plains on Wednesday.
But even moderate rises in the Missouri River will push more water ianto drenched Fremont County in southwestern Iowa, Emergency Manager Mike Crecelius said.
In Nebraska where people are still recovering from last month's floods, farmer Brad Wilkins said, "Instead of Nebraska Strong it should be Nebraska exhausted".
"The problem is that we're not getting any time for the water to recede and things to dry out, so the levees can't be fixed; houses can't be fixed; crops can't be planted", he said.