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Where's Spring? Midwest Snowstorm Moves East

Expected to reach Indiana Sunday, East Coast on Monday
Updated 11:22 p.m. EDT, March 24, 2013
Early Spring Snowstorm Strikes the Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Winter storm warnings and advisories have been issued as far east as Pennsylvania as a storm system moves across the country after dumping up to 15 inches of snow on parts of Colorado and Kansas.

St. Louis already has about a foot of snow on the ground, and the northern suburbs from 12 to 14 inches, with another 1 to 2 inches expected.

Some parts of central Illinois already have received 6 to 10 inches and could receive another 1 to 2 inches. The storm also is brushing northern Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Forecasters expect the storm to reach Indiana by tonight, bringing 6 to 10 inches of snow, then move into Ohio and Pennsylvania. It could leave 1 to 3 inches in southern New York and New Jersey before it moves off the coast tomorrow night.

The storm dumped 7 to 9 inches of snow from eastern Kansas into central Missouri before tapering off this morning.

In the mid-Missouri town of Columbia, TV station KOMU was briefly evacuated Sunday morning because of high winds and a heavy buildup of snow on the broadcast tower next to the building. And Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced he was cancelling a couple events planned for Monday because of the weather.

But there was no cause for college basketball fans in Kansas City to be concerned, as the snow didn't affect the NCAA men's tournament schedule.

"The snow is not an issue," said Wynn Butler, 62, of Manhattan, Kan., who was in town with his daughter, a University of Kansas graduate, to watch her alma mater take on North Carolina.

He said his car is in a parking garage, and he can walk from his hotel to the Sprint Center. Butler also figures the roads will be clear before they leave after the game, which was scheduled to start late Sunday afternoon.

"We are right in between the bad weather," he said.

Snow began to fall in earnest in St. Louis and western Illinois on Sunday morning.

"The snow intensity is pretty heavy, so the visibility is low," said Todd Waelterman, director of the City of St. Louis Streets Department. "So we've asked people to stay off the road and let our plows do their job. And people seem to be heeding that warning."

St. Louis could see between 8 to 10 inches of snow, Hawblitzel said, while western and central Illinois could get 6 to 9 inches. The storm also was brushing northern Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The storm is expected to weaken as it moves into Pennsylvania late Sunday and into Monday, with totals ranging from 3 to 8 inches. Before it exits off the coast of New Jersey on Monday night, the storm could leave 2 to 4 inches in that state as well as Delaware, northern Maryland and southern New York.

To the west, parts of Colorado and northwest Kansas spent Sunday digging out from 10 to 15 inches of snow that were dumped there Saturday. Southwestern Nebraska got up to 7 inches. Winds gusting at speeds of up to 45 mph created snow drifts of 2 to 3 feet in the three states, said Ryan Husted, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kan.

"We have pretty much cleared out. Sunny skies. It's starting to melt a little bit," Husted said Sunday. Transportation officials reopened several closed highways, including a stretch of Interstate 70 spanning from Denver to Colby, Kan.

Authorities on Sunday also released the names of two people killed in separate crashes. In northeast Kansas, Anthony J. Hinthorne, 40, of Topeka, was killed Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash and rollover on the Kansas Turnpike as snow was falling in Shawnee County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Later that night, Joshua J. French, 24, of Naperville, Ill., was killed when he lost control of his vehicle on a wet stretch of Interstate 35 in eastern Missouri's Clay County.

RELATED ON SKYE: Photos of the Midwest Snowstorm

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sandals1973

snow and rain here in NJ on the coast.Just wait it will go form winter to summer next week

March 25 2013 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beaulieunicko

all i can say is thank god for global warming. imagine if there was no global warming what it would be like this winter and spring. still be digging out. i say speed up global warming i am tired of winter and snow already

March 25 2013 at 7:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tucker

junis

March 25 2013 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ccdae5

It's just snow, relax!

March 24 2013 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
doxyland

North Carolina coach Roy Williams was nonplussed.

"It's no distraction, unless the roof goes off, we'll still be able to play and the whole bit like that," Williams said.

In actuality, "nonplussed" means confused or mystified or upset. Writers: please learn English.

March 24 2013 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tq85pup

You should check your dictionary again. There are at least 2 uses of 'nonplussed.' One is the definition you mention; however, the other meaning is: "not disconcerted; unperturbed." The second meaning is used in this article so the writer is correct in his/her use of the term.

March 24 2013 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred Murphy

"I forgot to increment the counter," said Tom nonplussed.

March 25 2013 at 1:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JC

This is great news for the Midwest, as they badly need the moisture. On the other hand, those looking forward to spring would like to have a word with Punxsutawney Phil. Watch your back, rodent!

March 24 2013 at 2:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Sandra

I've consulted with Phil and suggested for now on, when they come to seek him next February 2014 regarding spring, he should consider pleading the fifth.

March 24 2013 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JC

This is great for the Midwest, as they badly need the moisture. On the other hand, those looking forward to spring are more than ready to lynch Punxsutawney Phil. Watch your back, rodent!

March 24 2013 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sfisher951

"North Carolina coach Roy Williams was nonplussed. 'It's no distraction, unless the roof goes off, we'll still be able to play and the whole bit like that,' Williams said. Don't AP writers know that "nonplus" means to surprise and confuse (someone) so much that they are unsure how to react? When journalists don't know the meaning of words, what is this world coming to?

March 24 2013 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jmax

Welp, here in Indy, waiting out our turn for the snowstorm! Never heard Indy mentioned so much as I did on Good America this morning! Some of these weathercasters just tickle me--we're used to snow. As a matter of fact, I love it, I ride public transit so I'm out in it and was born in December:)

March 24 2013 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ccdae5

Yup, I'm in Indy too and it's sleeting here now and snow id forcasted for tonight and tomorrow but no big deal it's still cold and we're used to it.

March 24 2013 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

...Hopefully the ground water table will be at the regular levels, after last years drought....This is much needed moisture.....tough it out now and get a nice payback this summer. Hope the farmers have a great growing season !

March 24 2013 at 10:38 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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mbjork63

Agreed!! I personally don't start looking for any serious spring weather until the end of April.

March 24 2013 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
doxyland

I hope it helps, but in general 10 inches of snow = 1 inch of rain.

March 24 2013 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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