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Midwest begins to dig out from storm that dropped a foot of snow

February 22, 2013|By Michael Muskal

Like a fighter who has taken too many punches and was trying to find his balance, the Midwest sought to recover from wet snow and slick ice on Friday as flurries continued and roadways remained treacherous.

The storm, which on Thursday dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas, worked its way eastward across the upper Great Lakes dropping snow like confetti across the region. Parts of New England, which recently had as much as three feet of snow, appeared in line to get more precipitation through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“The winter storm that brought more than a foot of snow to parts of the Plains is winding down, with a few inches of snow possible on Friday into Saturday across the Great Lakes,” the service said on its website.

While the more northerly climes were shaking off the snow, it remained stubbornly wet in the Southeast and could have unwanted consequences, the service said. “Heavy rain will bring a threat of flash flooding to parts of the Southeast,” it warned.

Winter weather advisories were posted for parts of at least seven states as nasty road conditions were reported from Kansas to Michigan. Air travel was sluggish after about 270 flights were canceled on Thursday in Chicago. But airports in Kansas City and St. Louis reopened Friday morning.

Schools were closed on Friday as a precaution in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The storm dropped 17 inches in Hays, Kansas, and 10 inches in Kansas City, Mo. Parts of Oklahoma and Nebraska received more than a foot of snow.

As the storm moved on, the snowfall dropped into the 6-inch to 12-inch range for the upper Midwest.

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