Oct 09, 2019 6:55 PM

Fall snowstorm blasts Rockies, heading toward Midwest

Posted Oct 09, 2019 6:55 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A fall snowstorm is snarling traffic and causing power outages in the Rocky Mountains as it slowly moves across the northern U.S. toward the Great Plains.


Winter storm watches and warnings stretched from eastern Washington state to Minnesota, along with freeze warnings as far south as Colorado and Nebraska on Wednesday.


In Spokane, wet, heavy snow snapped tree branches and took out power lines. Avista Utilities was restoring power to 32,000 customers Wednesday.


Driving conditions are deteriorating across Montana and northern Wyoming as ice and blowing snow covered roadways.


Up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow is expected to fall in the mountains, and up to a foot in lower-elevation towns and cities.


The storm is expected to bring the first snow of the season to Denver by Thursday.

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Police ID Nebraska restaurant patron fatally shot by railroad officer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police have released the name of a man who was fatally shot by a uniformed railroad officer after the man rammed his truck into a Nebraska restaurant.


The Lincoln Police Department identified the man Wednesday as 48-year-old Joseph Cimino.


Police and witnesses say chaos erupted a little before 1 p.m. Tuesday after a man later identified as Cimino began complaining about his sandwich at a Chick-fil-A . He screamed profanities, threw food and punched other customers before being hustled out by another patron. Witnesses say he got into his pickup truck and backed it into the restaurant but injured no one.


He was soon confronted by the BNSF officer, who told police he fired his gun after being threatened with a weapon. Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister says Cimino was wielding a stun gun as he approached the officer, Christopher Hall.


The shooting is being investigated.