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Midwest braces for potentially dangerous storm

Published On: Feb 20 2013 12:21:03 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 20 2013 01:13:35 PM CST
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A pair of powerful storm systems converged Friday, threatening to cover the Northeast in up to 2 feet of snow.

ST. LOUIS -

Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders are hitting roads and highways across the nation's heartland, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some areas and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others.

Winter storm warnings were issued from Colorado through Illinois. By midday Wednesday, heavy snow was falling in Colorado and western Kansas.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for areas of western Wisconsin.

Jayson Gosselin of the National Weather Service said parts of Colorado, Kansas and northern Missouri could get 10 to 12 inches of snow. Further south, freezing rain and sleet could make driving treacherous.

The winter storm could be the worst in the Midwest since the Groundhog Day blizzard that started Feb. 1, 2011, forced the closure of Interstate 70 across Missouri due to white-out conditions.

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