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    Wintry Mix Spreads to DC, Icy Commute Ahead

    By By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
    March 12, 2013, 9:44:37 AM EDT

    2:00 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

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    Snow and ice continue to cancel flights and cause treacherous travel in the Midwest, while wintry weather spreads into the mid-Atlantic.

    The storm first hit as a blizzard across northern Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri Wednesday into Thursday. Record snow amounts were set in some cities such as Wichita, Kan., as more than a foot of snow thumped.

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    Travel was extremely dangerous as the blizzard raged in the Plains, especially along major interstates, including I-35, I-70 and I-80. Kansas City International Airport was shut down on Thursday due to the severe winter weather. Snow fell so heavily in Kansas City that thunder snow occurred.



    1:00 p.m. EST Friday: Snow has spread into Baltimore, Md. Local Radar

    12:20 p.m. EST Friday: A wintry mix is pushing across the Washington, D.C., area. Local Radar

    Note: The storm reports will be listed in EST above.

    10:40 a.m. CST Friday: While the heaviest snow continues back across the Midwest, some snow and freezing rain are streaking eastward into the mid-Atlantic, including portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. An inch of snow has been measured 2 miles south of Terrys Fork, Va., where some freezing rain also fell.

    9:50 a.m. CST Friday: Numerous accidents and vehicle spin-outs have occurred in the Minneapolis area. The Minnesota Department of Transportation 511 winter road condition map shows difficult driving conditions due to snow-covered roads (in pink):


    9:05 a.m. CST Friday: Weather-related delays are piling up across the country Friday morning. This map from FlightStats.com shows that airports are struggling across the Plains and Midwest.


    8:22 a.m. CST Friday: A snow total of 3.1 inches of snow has been measured so far 2 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Minn.

    7:10 a.m. CST Friday: Latest snow totals include: 5.0 inches 2 miles south of Boone, Iowa; 4.3 inches at Dallas Center, Iowa; 3.5 inches 5 miles north-northwest of Ankeny Airport, Iowa; 3.2 inches in Pontiac, Ill.; 2.5 inches in Elign, Ill.; 2.5 inches 1 mile south of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 3.1 inches 2 miles east of Coloma, Wis.

    6:30 a.m. CST Friday: Nearly 400 flights have been canceled at Chicago O'Hare International Airport so far on Friday due to snow and ice, according to Flightstats.com.

    3:00 a.m. CST Friday: Some Midwest snow totals so far as it continues to come down from Chicago to Minneapolis: 2 inches in Kenosha, Wis. with up to 3.5 inches just to the west; 3.0 inches in La Crosse, Wis.; 3.0 inches in Rochester, Minn.; 5.0 inches in Waterloo, Iowa.

    2:00 a.m. CST Friday: Wind-whipped snow continues across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Bands of heavy snow will continue to push northward and produce near-whiteout conditions at times as winds gust close to 30 mph.

    11:10 p.m. CST Thursday: Snow has finally started in Chicago and will continue through much of the night. If the city picks up more than 2.9 inches, it will be the biggest snowstorm this winter! Expect slick roads Friday morning.

    8:10 p.m. CST Thursday: One-quarter of an inch of ice accumulated on trees and other elevated surfaces throughout Strawberry, Ark.

    7:25 p.m. CST Thursday: In Kansas and Oklahoma, the heaviest snow and ice is beginning to wind down. Nebraska is still seeing some moderate bands of snow.

    7:00 p.m. CST Thursday: Snow will overspread the Chicago area from south to north between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. CST. Between 10 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., the snow could come down between one-half inch to one inch per hour across the windy city, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock said.

    6:15 p.m. CST Thursday: Recent snow totals - 7.2 inches in Lincoln, Neb.; 6 inches in Concordia, Kan.; 9.4 inches at Billard Airport in Kansas; 9.5 inches near Delphos, Kan.; 13.5 inches in Hutchinson, Kan.

    5:44 p.m. CST Thursday: National Weather Service Wichita recorded 14.2 inches of snow as of 4:40 p.m., making this storm's total the second highest accumulation ever in Wichita for any single snow event. This storm falls short of first place by only 0.8 inches.

    4:50 p.m. CST Thursday: The Nebraska Department of Roads recommends using extreme caution on the following roads marked in pink:


    4:32 p.m. CST Thursday: Five inches of snow have fallen in St. Louis, Mo.

    4:00 p.m. CST Thursday: Seven inches of snow have fallen in Lincoln County, Mo.

    3:28 p.m. CST Thursday: Roads are becoming hazardous in Cape Girardeau County, Mo. Heavy freezing rain and sleet is building up and weighing on power lines.

    3:01 p.m. CST Thursday: Freezing rain reported in Neelyville, Mo., causing 15 to 20 foot tall trees to bend toward the ground. Heavy ice build ups exist throughout the county. Electrical transformers are exploding, causing widespread power outages.

    1:21 p.m. CST Thursday: Trees and power lines are beginning to break under the weight of ice in Batesville, Ark. More than 2,000 people are without power in the Batesville area. There have also been reports of a tree down on a house in Independence County.

    1:10 p.m. CST Thursday: The emergency manager has measured 10 inches of snow in Salina, Kan.

    12:40 p.m. CST Thursday: Roads are bad in Missouri. Here's a webcam in Odessa, Mo.


    12:30 p.m. CST Thursday: National Weather Service in Tucson released snow totals from the blizzard in the area Wednesday, with up to 30 inches reported. Wind gusts of up to 55 mph were also reported.


    12:10 p.m. CST Thursday: Dangerous conditions have closed I-70 in north central Kansas from Salina to Hays, as of 11:48 a.m. CST.

    Up to 9 inches of snow has fallen in Nebraska. The National Weather Service office in North Platte published a storm report of snow totals and photos from the storm.

    11:40 a.m. CST Thursday: SevereStudios Storm Chaser Brian Davidson shot this video of the blizzard Thursday in Hays, Kan. Visibility was low and snow covered the roads:

    11:20 a.m. CST Thursday: The Missouri Department of Transportation road condition map shows snow-covered roads (in pink) across much of the state:


    11:10 a.m. CST Thursday: A storm total snowfall through 11:00 a.m. CST Thursday is 5.0 inches near North Platte, Neb.

    11:00 a.m. CST Thursday: According to FAA, the Kansas City International Airport is expected to reopen is Feb. 21 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

    10:30 a.m. CST Thursday: Kansas City, Mo., recorded 5.0 inches of snow in two hours. @KCIAirport tweeted: "At this time KCI Airport is closed due to severe weather conditions. Stay tuned for more information as it arrives."

    10:10 a.m. CST Thursday: Lyons, Kan., has a fresh foot of snow on the ground with drifting occurring. Overland Park, Kan., has recorded 8.0 inches of snow. A total of 7.0 inches has been reported so far 2 miles north of Lees Summit, Mo.

    9:40 a.m. CST Thursday: 6.0 inches of snow has been measured in Independence, Mo.

    9:15 a.m. CST Thursday: Heavy snow and sleet have been slamming much of Missouri the last couple of hours. Kansas City, Mo., has received 2 inches in the past hour with near-zero visibility occurring throughout the area currently. Thunder has also occurred in the city. Local Radar Joplin, Mo., has recorded 1.50 inches of sleet.

    9:33 a.m. CST Thursday: An inch of snow has fallen 5 miles south of Danville, Mo. Thunder was occurring with the heavy snow.

    8:45 a.m. CST Thursday: The FAA reports that snow and ice are causing flight delays and/or cancellations at Denver International Airport and Kansas City International Airport. Flight Tracker and Current Airport Delays

    8:15 a.m. CST Thursday: This snowstorm may end up ranking as one of the top five biggest snowstorms in history for Wichita, Kan. The following is a list of the five worst snowstorms to hit:

    Snow Total
    15.0 inches
    Jan. 17-18, 1962
    13.6 inches
    March 15-16, 1970
    12.8 inches
    Feb. 21-22, 1971
    12.8 inches
    Dec. 23-24, 1918
    12.0 inches
    March 9, 1909

    For older blizzard reports, click here.

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