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[View the story "Winds Wreak Havoc Across the Plains" on Storify]Winds Wreak Havoc Across the PlainsA massive storm spinning over the Upper Midwest on Thursday allowed high winds to funnel southward across the Plains.Storified by Accu Weather · Fri, Oct 19 2012 06:40:46High winds in excess of 50 mph (and >60 in many places) currently extend over 900 miles from North Dakota to northern Oklahoma!Cory MotticeA massive storm spinning over the Upper Midwest on Thursday allowed high winds to funnel southward across the Plains. Thirteen tornadoes were reported on Thursday. Tornadoes damaged and destroyed a number of trailer homes. A house was blown off its blocks in Shelby, Miss. Hailstones the size of golfballs were reported in Stonewall, Miss. Wind snapped trees from Illinois down to Louisiana. During October, large storms that produce howling winds are common. This is due to the fact that summer is trying to hang on in the South and winter is trying to arrive across the north. Large temperature contrasts across the U.S. mean bigger storms and stronger winds.NoaaStorm Prediction Center 20121017's Storm ReportsSevere weather, tornado, thunderstorm, fire weather, storm report, tornado watch, severe thunderstorm watch, mesoscale discussion, convec...Damage Attributed to the WindThe wind whipped up the fires in Bucyrus, N.D., burning down the town.Small town "pretty much completely lost" to wildfire http://huff.to/QuF2EcHuffington Post#bucyrus the day after. There used to be 4 houses there. Church still there! http://pic.twitter.com/qnIYDcYyGreg CowanFire claims several bldgs in Bucyrus, ND. Winds to 70 mph and extremely dry conditions #ndwx #sdwx #mtwx http://pic.twitter.com/N360BWDpKevin LawrenceNational Interagency Fire CenterTomorrow will be the last day for daily Incident Management Situation Reports (IMSR) due to the light fire activty. The IMSR and National...Winds blew dust from newly-plowed fields into the air. The dust storm temporarily shut down I-35, causing pile-ups.I-35 near Blackwell exit 222. #okwx http://pic.twitter.com/fXeSWLxaBlackwell PoliceFrom the country..my husband is driving a tractor in this http://pic.twitter.com/uqO7DFv4Amber Taylorhttp://pic.twitter.com/ohIT3aoCAmber TaylorDusty Driving in OklahomaBrightcoveBlowing dust accompanying 40-50 mph winds reduced visibility to 2 miles at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport #kswx http://twitpic.com/b5cdgjNWS WichitaVisibilities continue to fall in Wichita. A lot of dust off in the distance. #kswx http://pic.twitter.com/Gv0br8urCory MotticeThe high winds in South Dakota knocked over trailers on I-90.@Cornfrmr This is how windy it was on I-90 this afternoon. http://pic.twitter.com/6IEusoVWHuber FarmsWind: Oct. 18, 2012Middle School Football Festival set for Friday The Rapid City Public Library book club, Off the Shelf, will feature "Super Sad True Love ...Strong Winds Knock Out Power in Black HillsBrightcove
Storified by Accu Weather · Fri, Oct 19 2012 06:40:46
An ice storm, which could be the worst to hit the United States in years, is unfolding across portions of the southern Plains late this week.
Despite the mild air through midweek, the city is experiencing a drastic temperature to end the week.
The city will see snow a few times in the coming days as temperatures plummet.
After the midweek system accompanied with snow exits the area, frigid air will pour into the area.
While balmy air and rain will affect State College and central Pennsylvania into Thursday night, a return of colder air will be accompanied by a change to snow and slippery travel late Friday.
While balmy air and rain will affect Pittsburgh into Thursday night, a return of colder air will be accompanied by a change to snow and slippery travel Friday.
Chardon, OH (1962)
Denver, CO (1913)
Snow cover reaches 32.6", maximum depth
Little Port Walter, AR (1964)
14.84" rainfall in 24 hours. Greatest 24
hour rainfall event in state's history.