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    High Winds to Disrupt Travel in Midwest After Snowstorm

    By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
    March 6, 2013; 4:31 AM ET
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    Play video A look at the weather in the Midwest and northern Plains.

    As a major snowstorm departs the region Tuesday and Tuesday night, gusty winds will cause blowing and drifting over a large part of the Midwest for Wednesday.

    Traffic and airport delays are likely in Chicago, Madison, Des Moines and even Minneapolis well after the snow ends, with low visibility and drifting continuing over roadways.

    Sustained winds of 15-25 mph behind the storm will gust as high as 30 or even 40 mph, affecting I-94, I-80, I-35 and I-39, to name a few.

    Other lesser-travel roadways throughout the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois will also be impacted.

    The worst of the blowing and drifting will affect roadways that run from east-to-west (or vice-versa), as the strong, gusty winds will blow mostly from the north.

    If you need to do any traveling, be prepared for delays even after the snow comes to an end. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and always leave ample stopping-distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

    The gusty winds will come to an end wednesday night as a strong dome of high pressure builds in overhead. Dry, sunny and chilly weather will then take control for Thursday.

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