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Major Winter Storm Marching Across US

A large, powerful winter storm has its grips on the Plains states as it marches across the country toward the Midwest. Blizzard warnings were in effect for many areas stretching from northern Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle and central and southwest Kansas. Some regions such as the Amarillo area received more than 18 inches of snow Monday. In addition to the snowfall coming down at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, strong gusting winds were blowing the snow into drifts and making visibility on roadways very poor.

The dangerous snowstorm that wreaked havoc in the heartland now has its sights on Missouri, Illinois, northern Indiana and southern Michigan. The storm is expected to dump over a foot of snow on some areas of the Midwest Tuesday. The powerful winter storm system is expected to be worse than the last storm that hit the US about one week ago, prompting emergency crews in many areas to prepare for long working hours and many storm-related challenges.

Blizzard warnings are in effect across the Midwest where many states are expecting to see historic snowfall amounts. In the worst hit areas, two to three inches may fall per hour. Thus far, no snowstorms this season in the US have been comparable to the Blizzard of 1978 but if forecasters are right about this storm, it could very well go down in history as being an epic storm in the Midwest not to be soon forgotten. The storm which is bearing down on Chicago, Detroit and other major cities in the Midwest could drop freezing rain and drizzle at times in addition to heavy snow. If freezing rain does fall, it could very well take down trees and powerlines, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

Nasty travel conditions are in store for much of the areas stretching from northern Illinois into Michigan Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Most of the heavy snow is expected to be in this region. Forecasters are predicting that it will snow heavily in this swath of the country for several consecutive hours. And, the snow is going to be blowing and drifting as it falls to make travel extremely hazardous. Residents living in this part of the US are being warned that weather conditions will be very poor with heavy blowing and drifting snow, slush and ice on roadways. Officials in some major metropolitan areas such as Grand Rapids and Detroit are warning commuters to take it easy on their way to and from work and if possible, to stay off the roads completely until the system has passed and snow removal workers can clear the roadways.

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