Winter storms continued to pound the western United States Friday, blanketing regions with snow and ice and making it more difficult for many holiday travelers to return home.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and other states located points west.

Forecasters expect the winter storms to produce up to half a meter of snow and wind gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour in the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to Colorado.
Ice also continued to cause problems in the midwestern United States, where earlier this week winter storms forced airliners to cancel hundreds of flights.  The cancellations stranded many people at O'Hare airport, a major travel hub in Chicago, Illinois. 


Some information for this report was provided by AP.