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Wild Weekend Weather Across the Nation

Comstock/Thinkstock(MAPLETON, Iowa) -- Reports of wildfires, tornadoes and even heavy snowfall highlight some of the severe weather conditions being experienced across the country.

In Iowa, there have been several reports of tornadoes in different parts of the state, including a devastating twister that hit the Western Iowa city of Mapleton and prompted the state’s governor, Terry Branstad, to declare a disaster area. The tornado tore through Mapleton on Saturday night, damaging between 50 to 60 percent of the city, according to the Sioux City Journal. Officials say there have been some reports of injuries, but no reports of fatalities. Although there have been multiple tornado reports, the National Weather Service (NWS) is yet to confirm the exact number of tornadoes that have passed through Iowa.

Meanwhile, residents in some parts of Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado are bracing for some wintry weather, even though the calendar says it’s currently spring. According the NWS forecast, a storm system is set to pass through parts of those states Sunday, and is expected to dump 4-7 inches of snow in the Colorado mountains.

While some are bracing for the cold, authorities in Texas are feeling the heat from a wildfire raging in West Texas. The Texas Forest Service said on Saturday that crews were battling the largest wildfire in the nation and the largest in the state for 2011. The fire has consumed over 71,000 acres in Stonewall, King and Knox counties, and on Saturday showed no signs of slowing down. Officials say the weather does not appear to be cooperating with firefighters, as Sunday’s conditions were expected to be among the worst wildfire weather conditions in state history.

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