A powerful storm system swept across Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Michigan on Wednesday, dumping a foot of snow that made travel hazardous in some places and kept youngsters out of school.
"We keep on plowing, but the wind keeps blowing," said Arnold Bubolz, acting highway commissioner for Brown County, Wis., which surrounds Green Bay.
The storm was felt as far east as New England and New York, where freezing rain fell.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was closed for the first time since 1985, as the biggest snowfall in three winters hit the Twin Cities--8 1/2 inches, up to a foot in the suburbs. Schools were closed across the state.
The snow blocked 100 miles of Interstate 90, and 40-m.p.h. wind gusts made travel so hazardous that the highway department called out snow plows.