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    Blizzard Hammers Oklahoma to Missouri; Cleanup Will Take Days

    By By Heather Buchman, Meteorologist
    February 03, 2011, 8:39:21 AM EST

    Even though Tuesday's blizzard has left the southern Plains, roads and sidewalks will remain an icy, snow-covered mess for days.

    Bone-chilling arctic air blasting in behind the storm will make it dangerous for anyone who gets stranded. People left without power will also be in danger.

    Oklahoma residents are getting a little taste of what winter is like for people in North Dakota and Minnesota.


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    AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures, which provide a measure of how cold it feels with the wind factored in, dropped near 30° below zero F Tuesday morning in Oklahoma City! These values were even below zero in Dallas.

    RealFeel® temperatures are expected to remain below zero in Dallas and in Oklahoma City most of today and tonight.

    With the storm out of the southern Plains, Chicago and Detroit bore the brunt late Tuesday into Wednesday. As of late Wednesday morning, the blizzard had become Chicago's third biggest in recorded history.

    The storm has certainly taken its toll on the southern Plains. The roof of the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, Okla., collapsed under the weight of the heavy snow Tuesday morning.

    Oklahoma City was smacked with whiteout conditions.


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    Blowing snow has been creating 4-foot drifts. In Claremore, Okla., snow was piled up to the doors of trucks by midday Tuesday.

    Authorities advised people not to travel across a large portion of the region from Oklahoma into Missouri. One of our Facebook fans, Janice C., reported that I-70 was shut down between Boone and Cooper County, Mo., Tuesday.

    Mass school cancellations have taken place, including at major universities such as The University of Oklahoma, Kansas State University and several campuses of The University of Kansas Tuesday. The University of Oklahoma was closed again Wednesday.

    Air travel has had significant disruptions with snow and ice causing Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to be closed for a time Tuesday morning. Nearly all Tuesday morning flights out of Oklahoma City's airport were canceled.

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