Blizzard Whacks the Midwest

    Christmas lights hang from a tree and a fence dusted with new snow, as the pre-dawn sky glows blue, in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday Dec. 19, 2012. A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains is heading east and is forecast to bring the first major winter storm of the season to the central plains and Midwest. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Chr—monster snow storm! A blizzard warning has been issued for the majority of the Midwest, from eastern Colorado to Lake Michigan’s shoreline in Wisconsin. Up to 12 inches of snow is expected with heavy wind gusts, with blizzard warnings issued for 16 states. With white-out conditions, hail, and ice, travelers should expect some flight delays. More than a foot of snow has already been dumped in Iowa, where wind gusts of up to 53mph were reported and the storm was considered responsible for a 25-car pileup on Interstate 35. At least four deaths have been blamed on the storm. In Alabama, the same system caused a tornado while West Texas was hit with severe winds.

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