Lumbering coast to coast, a winter storm hammered the Great Plains on Thursday, and more than a dozen more states were forecast to be hit in coming days.
Accidents were reported across the region, with one death: an Oklahoma teenager who was killed when his pickup truck skidded across a slushy road.
By evening, more than 14 inches of snow had fallen on the ground in Wichita, Kan., the second largest on record and the most the city had seen in 50 years.
The storm is vast: Earlier this week, it closed roads and stranded cars in California and dusted cactus tops in Southwest. At a delayed tournament in Arizona, pro golfers threw snowballs at each other and retreated to the clubhouse for hot chocolate.
On Wednesday, the winter storm system left a rare thin layer of snow across the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and southern California as far south as the border with Mexico.
"I've been here for over 10 years and I've never seen it snow like this," Kayla Avery of Tucson, Arizona, said including a video of the snowfall.
"There is more snow on the ground in Tucson today than I have seen in over 30 years living here," Carrie Tucker said.
Gay_Boob is now claiming the earths weather is getting colder. It was claiming that the earth's warming was due to a natural long term event. Of course this comes from a rightie who thought President Barrack Obama was a one term president.