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Blizzard targets Southwest, Plains

Blizzard warnings went up across wide sections of the U.S. Southwest and Great Plains on Monday, threatening holiday travel ahead of the Christmas weekend.

Portions of eastern Arizona through New Mexico, the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, Kansas, and southeastern Colorado will see snow accumulations of up to 6 to 12 inches, with areas of locally heavier snowfall.

In addition to snowfall, the storm will bring strong wind gusts greater than 40 mph, leading to blizzard conditions.