An arctic cold front plowed through the Great Lakes on Thursday, bringing a near blizzard and dangerous travel conditions to the region.
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.
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.
Multiple tornadoes touched down across Indiana on Wednesday afternoon, one of which flattened a Starbucks in the town of Kokomo
A budding tropical disturbance has the potential to strengthen significantly and reach Florida and the Bahamas with strong winds, coastal flooding and torrential rainfall during Sunday and Monday.
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms will bring the potential for flash flooding and localized damaging wind gusts through Thursday.
Stargazers will want to dig out their binoculars and telescopes this weekend as Venus and Jupiter shine so close that they appear as one large, bright star in the evening sky.
Following a taste of autumn chill to start the week, is summer heat and humidity over for the northeastern United States?
A deadly earthquake struck central Italy at 3:36 a.m. local time on Wednesday with tremors felt as far away as the capital city of Rome.
Cloudburst at Guinea, VA - 9.25 inches of rain in only 40 minutes.
Vostok, Wilkes Land, Antarctic a (1960)
About 1,176 kilometers from the Indian Ocean, the mercury fell to minus 127 degrees F (minus 88C). This was the lowest recorded temperature ever on the face of the earth, until July 21, 1983, when the temperature reached minus 128.6 degrees at the same location.
A thunderstorm passed through Livingston, MT, near Bozeman, dumping 2.5 inches of rain in 1 hour. Small roads in central mountain areas were washed out and the interstate highway was under water.