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Snow in the desert: Now the U.S. West Coast is hit by storms as blizzards, hurricane-strength winds and heavy rain shut roads and cut power
Friday, December 31st 2010, 6:21 PM GMT
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Blizzards shut interstate 17 and 40 in Arizona after hundreds of accidents on icy road

One person killed by falling tree and snowboarder missing

Heavy snow and strong winds has shut down major roads and left urban areas in a whiteout as winter storms now batter the U.S. West Coast.

States in the west were hit by blizzards in mountainous regions and heavy rain at lower levels, cutting power to thousands of homes and triggering hundreds of accidents.

Even the relatively warm Phoenix desert area has been hit by the freezing weather, with heavy rain and residents warned to expect rare icy conditions.

In San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, weather warnings were issued after rare blast of hurricane-strength winds reaching 94mph were recorded.

In Fargo, two trucks jack-knifed on the icy road on Interstate I-94, causing a pile-up involving 100 vehicles.

Snow and ice forced the closure of parts of Interstate 17 and 40, the two major thoroughfares in northern Arizona, stranding hundreds of motorists south of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

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