Winter Storm Hits Upper Midwest With Heavy Snow as South Shivers

Parts of the Upper Midwest were waking up to almost a foot and a half of snow Tuesday after a winter blast that caused havoc at airports and on roads.

The mid-winter scenes from Montana to Michigan were accompanied by a blanket of sub-zero temperatures that crept south and reached as far as Dallas. Minnesota was hardest hit by the snow with Cambridge and St. Augusta both receiving 16.5 inches by 8:10 p.m. local time Monday (9:10 p.m. ET), according to The Weather Channel. Spooner and Glidden in northwest Wisconsin and Montana's Whitefish Ski Resort each received 14 inches.

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Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan were due for another round Tuesday morning.

"There has been a break in the action but more will be coming in now," he said. By early Tuesday winter storm warnings and watches were still in effect across the Upper Midwest, although the snow was expected to weaken and confine itself to Michigan through the afternoon.

The blanket of cold air accompanying the snow saw freeze warnings and temperatures of 31 degrees as far south as Dallas and the Texas panhandle by 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. This front was expected to "blast into north Mexico and reach the East Coast by the end of the week," according to Roth. The northern half of the nation was forecast to stay "locked in" to these icy temperatures until next week, he added, while elsewhere would normalize.

There were more than 2,000 delays of flights coming in and out of the U.S. on Monday, according to FlightAware, as well as 555 flight cancellations, mostly at Minneapolis/St. Paul International and Chicago O'Hare International airports. More than 100 schools were closed and Veterans Day activities were called off because of the sudden onset of winter weather.

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