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Snow, wind dump on Colorado

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NEW: Plane slips off runway in Wisconsin; no one hurt
NEW: Storm causes accidents in Colorado, but no injuries
NEW: Interstate 25 closed due to whiteout conditions
• About 30,000 Oklahomans still without power
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DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- The latest in a series of winter storms battered Colorado on Sunday, dumping several inches of snow and whipping up strong wind that created whiteout conditions on the state's eastern plains.

Accidents caused by blowing snow and icy roads closed southbound Interstate 25 near Fort Collins for two hours Sunday morning. State Patrol Master Trooper Ron Watkins said no injuries were reported.

Wind up to 60 mph piled the snow into drifts as high as 3 feet in parts of the state, the National Weather Service said. (Watch the latest weather update Video)

Meanwhile, a plane in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with 104 people on board skidded off a runway in snowy weather Sunday after the Northwest Airlines crew aborted the flight as it began accelerating for takeoff, airline officials said.

No serious injuries were reported in the late-morning incident.

The crew of Flight 1726 bound from Milwaukee to Detroit, Michigan, "opted to discontinue its takeoff due to an engine problem," an airline statement said.

The plane came to a stop off the runway surface, the statement said.

The plane skidded when the pilot applied the brakes, said Pat Rowe, spokeswoman for General Mitchell International Airport.

A blizzard warning was in effect for much of eastern and northeastern Colorado, and the State Patrol advised against unnecessary travel.

The stormy weather in Colorado followed closely on the heels of a storm that spread heavy snow across parts of the Plains on Saturday, limiting visibility and creating hazardous driving conditions.

That storm was blamed for at least eight traffic deaths: four in Nebraska, three in Kansas and one in Oklahoma. (Watch what falling ice did to one man and his car in Tulsa Video)

The Plains storm spared much of Oklahoma from heavy snow, but utilities reported about 30,000 homes and business were still without power Sunday because of an ice storm one week earlier.

"We're coming down to what we expect to be very near the end of the restoration process," said Stan Whiteford, a spokesman for Public Service Company of Oklahoma, which reported about 4,000 customers still blacked out, mostly in the McAlester area. "We think we're going to be pretty close to wrapping things up." (Watch FEMA assess damage in Oklahoma Video)

Authorities in Oklahoma's Pittsburg and McIntosh counties implemented a nighttime curfew following reports of break-ins and the theft of generators set up to power railroad crossing guards.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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A snowplow clears a street Sunday in Englewood, Colorado.

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