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A multi-faceted storm will continue to deliver snow and a change from rain to snow bringing disruptions to travel and daily activities over part of the midwestern and northeastern United States through Thursday.
Gusty winds accompanied the rain and snow from the storm. Winds gusted between 50 and 60 mph across parts of Illinois and Indiana on Wednesday.
The heaviest snow extended from eastern Illinois to western Indiana and much of Michigan with most areas receiving between 6 and 12 inches of snow.
While the northern and western suburbs of Chicago were spared from the worst of the storm’s impacts, enough snow fell to coat grassy surfaces. Hundreds of flights were cancelled at the Chicago O’Hare and Midway airports.
Heavy wet snow succeeded in reaching the St. Louis area. The clinging nature of the snow caused power outages in the region. Over 3 inches of snow fell in the city.
As temperatures drop and road surfaces cool, wet and slushy areas will become snow covered into Thursday afternoon.
As colder air seeped in from the west, rain changed to snow or locally heavy snow showers over parts of the Ohio Valley, the lower Great Lakes and the western slopes of the central Appalachians.
In most cases from Ohio to Pennsylvania, New York state and West Virginia, road surfaces should stay warm enough to allow most of the snow to melt as it falls. However, brief whiteouts are possible in this area, which may not only result in a sudden drop in visibility but could also allow some surfaces to turn slushy and slippery very quickly on Thursday.
During Thursday, cities that will receive some snow from the storm include Bristol, Tennessee; Charleston, West Virginia; Cleveland; Pittsburgh; and Buffalo, New York. Where snow showers persist, roads could turn slushy and slippery, even during the middle of the day. The best chance of a few inches of snow is over higher ground of the central Appalachians and where lake-effect enhances the snow showers.
"The Thursday morning commute [over much of the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes region] will be hazardous and residents should exercise caution, if they must head out," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott.
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