Heavy snow blankets parts of Colorado and is only a preview of the blizzard coming to the central Plains [RJ Sangosti/Getty Images]

A powerful storm is moving across the United States that has weather elements of both a winter and spring.

This storm originated out of the eastern Pacific and moved into the western US earlier this week. But it was not until Wednesday that the low began to deepen and intensify.

Storms at this time of year often have characteristics of both winter and spring weather because during this transition time temperature contrasts across the US tend to be extreme.

Already, the massive system has brought heavy snow to seven states across the West, Northern Plains and Midwest. In Montana, 58cm of

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