Midwest Snow Storm Affects 20 Midwest and Central Plains States

by Colonel on February 21, 2013

“A winter storm that is walloping the Great Plains will hit the Chicago area tonight and linger through the morning commute on Friday, possibly dumping up to half a foot of snow here.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Chicago area from 9 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday,  with snow falling at a rate of an inch per hour overnight in some places and winds blowing at 25 to 30 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow will change over to freezing drizzle Friday morning, the weather service said.

Anywhere from 3 to 7 inches could fall here, but up to 16 inches are expected in Kansas and Nebraska, states expected to bear the brunt of the storm that has already closed schools, scuttled air travel and cut off power to some communities.

” — Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters / WGN-TV

“A powerful storm was blasting its way across the nation’s midsection Thursday, with more than a foot of snow already on the ground in some areas and many more bracing for the brunt of winter’s fury.

Farther to the south, on the warmer side of the storm, eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi faced a threat of tornadoes, hail and high winds.

But snow and ice were in the mix for a wide swath of the nation. Parts of Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas already have been blasted with more than a foot of snow, the National Weather Service said Thursday. Some areas of the Midwest could see that much and more, with sleet and freezing rain exacerbating treacherous conditions.

The highest amount recorded so far from the storm is 14.2 inches in Jetmore, Kan., according to the Weather Channel.

” — Doyle Rice and John Bacon, Copyright 2013 USAToday

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