Colorado snowstorm knocks out power and prompts rescues

Colorado is digging out from a massive snowstorm that dumped more than 27 inches around the Denver airport. It's one of the largest storms on record for the area. Omar Villafranca takes a look.

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- And in Colorado, we're still digging out tonight from an historic late winter storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in the Rockies. The system is moving east tonight, blasting the Midwest with snow and unleashing severe thunderstorms across the South. We get more now from CBS's Omar Villafranca.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: The cleanup continues today in Denver after several feet of snow pounded the Mile High City.

- It is something we've never experienced. And my husband also lived in Chicago. And he said he's never experienced something like this.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: More than 27 inches fell around Denver's airport, one of the largest storms on record. In the Denver suburb of Aurora, heavy police SWAT vehicles pushed through the snow to help stranded motorists. Police tweeted this picture after rescuing several people stuck in their cars and taking them to safety.

While snow fell in Colorado, the southeast side of the storm brought a different kind of severe weather to the Texas panhandle. Storm chasers outside of Lubbock had a close call with this giant tornado, one of at least six spotted in the South Plains. Thankfully, no one was killed.

All is calm now. But a new wave could bring more severe weather, including tornadoes, to parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi on Thursday and Friday. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, Dallas.