Mother's Day Brings Wild Weather to West, Midwest

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Wild weather made for a messy Mother's Day across the West and Midwest, with snowstorms unleashing havoc on highways in Utah and dumping more than a foot of sloppy snow across Wyoming and Colorado.

On Monday, dozens of snow plows are out in Denver, fighting to clear streets as the storm continues.
The Midwest saw an even more dangerous Mother's Day weekend.

At least 11 tornadoes touched down in Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. One of them leveled Orrick, Missouri, a small town where residents hadn't seen a twister in nearly half a century.

"Orrick has been blessed for many years, so I guess it was our turn," tornado survivor Lana Ryan said. "It's been tough. We've all kind of been in shock when this happens. It's always [that] you don't expect this to happen to you."

Large hail and strong winds are expected in Kansas, and a tornado watch has been issued for parts of Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, other parts of the country are experiencing a heat wave. But even that's intense for states like California and Nevada, where warm temperatures brought gale-strength winds that toppled trees and damaged cars.

"The anger, then the crying, but we are blessed though because we have good homeowner's insurance, good car insurance," Nevada resident Carla Romero said.

Sweltering temperatures across southern California could approach triple digits this week. That, along with whipping winds and dry conditions, are creating a fire hazard.

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