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Feb212011

Midwest Winter Storm Causes Messy Commute; Moves Eastward

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Just when Americans thought they finally had a break from winter weather, a snowstorm stretching across the upper Midwest and heading eastward has forced the cancelation of more than 1,000 flights and caused travel hazards throughout roadways in the country.

In Minnesota, drivers struggled to get around Sunday in whiteout conditions that caused hundreds of fender benders and spin-outs.  The majority of the state is under either a blizzard warning or winter storm warning, and the Minneapolis area could see up to 15 inches of snow by Monday afternoon.

In western Wisconsin, a string of accidents occurred Sunday along Interstate 94, where cars collided, spun out or got stuck in snow-covered ditches.  Most of the state remains under a winter storm warning and another 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible by Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Over in Michigan, drivers from Grand Rapids to Detriot had to stop their vehicles Sunday to clear their windshields as the storm moved in and rapidly diminished visibility.  Across the state, plows and salt trucks were out, trying to stay ahead of the rapidly deteriorating road conditions.  A winter storm warning remains in Michigan, where 6 to 10 inches of snow fell Sunday night into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere, in the Northeast, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect until late Monday.  In New York City, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Rhode Island up to four inches of snow are expected to fall, while the western parts of New York and Pennsylvania could see about half a foot of snow.

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