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Powerful storm slams Midwestern U.S., more snow expected

Staff Writer |
A powerful winter storm is blasting the midwestern United States, resulting in snow-packed roads, extensive airline delays, power outages and property damage.

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"The combination of increasing winds, heavy snow and poor visibility will create localized blizzard conditions at times," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Blizzard conditions were observed across portions of Missouri, Illinois and Kansas Sunday evening.

Dangerous winter weather will continue to batter a portions of Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan into early Monday. Check back here for live updates.

Residents of Chicagoland will wake up to several fresh inches of snowfall this morning. Near the lake shore, totals will be lower due to the influence of the warmer lake water.

However, those near the water will need to deal with the effects of significant ongoing coastal flooding.

Even where the snow has come to an end across western and northern Illinois, strong wind gusts continue to pick up and blow the snow around, resulting in limited visibility and dangerous road conditions.

At O'Hare, frequent wind gusts as high as 40 mph have persisted for several hours.

The heaviest of the snow has moved into the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where trained spotters have already reported accumulation amounts as high as 4 to 5 inches.

Rounds of rain are expected to soak areas from Washington to Southern California this week.

The first storm will start to push rain into Washington and Oregon on Monday. Overall, this storm will bring mostly rain, but the higher elevations of the Cascades in Washington are likely to have snow.

Road closures and vehicle restrictions will again be possible in passes that summit the Cascades, such as Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate-90.

This wet weather will dive farther south across Northern California late Monday night and through Tuesday, reaching the San Francisco Bay area as well as the Paradise, California, area that was ravaged by the Camp Fire over the past month.

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