Whiteout with Snow Hitting Midwest

January 12, 2012; 2:55 PM ET
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A snow scene of downtown Madison, Wis., on Jan. 12, 2012. Photo submitted by Twitter user rudy_o.

An arctic cold front plowed through the Great Lakes on Thursday, bringing a near blizzard and dangerous travel conditions to the region.

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Snow fell from southeastern Minnesota, eastern Iowa, Wisconsin, the upper peninsula of Michigan and northern and western Lower Michigan, Illinois, eastern Missouri and Indiana through Thursday night. Gusty winds caused blowing and drifting snow, leading to whiteout and near-blizzard conditions.

More than two feet of snow fell across portions of the Midwest.

The wind caused snow drifts as high as a foot near Cambridge, Ill., on Thursday.

Snow in Chicago reduced the visibility to 1/2 of a mile on Thursday afternoon and evening. Snow and ice delayed arriving flights at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport by more than an hour.

For the latest information on snow that slammed Chicago and the Great Lakes, click here. The worst of the bursts of snow and rapid freeze is now hitting the Northeast.

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Motorists are urged to use caution with slippery roadway conditions continuing the next few days. Lake-effect snow will continue into the weekend.

This map from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows slippery roads across much of the state on Thursday afternoon. The light blue color indicates snow-covered roadways, while the pink color indicates slippery stretches. An accident was closing a portion of I-90 in western parts of the state during the afternoon.

A few snowflakes will even reach the interior Southeast.

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