'Historic Blizzard' Hits Plains States

    A pedestrian crosses the street near the Country Club Plaza shopping district Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.  The Missouri Department of Transportation said Interstate 44 near Springfield was completely covered with ice Thursday morning. Traffic was moving very slow and the DOT urged drivers to use extreme caution or stay home. St. Louis-area road crews were out in full force early Thursday, even though it was dry. The region was expecting a volatile mix of snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain by midday and crews were hoping to lay down enough salt to keep at least the major roadways moving. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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    Is spring really going to come soon? Not in the Plains states: the region hunkered down on Monday as, what the National Weather Service called “a crippling, historic blizzard" hit Texas, Oklahoma and threatened parts of Kansas and Missouri. The Texas Panhandle was receiving 2 to 3 inches of snow each hour and roads are impassable after all the snowplows were pulled out. Oklahoma has been getting the brunt as well, with 16 inches of snow expected in the whiteout. The storm is also expected to affect the Southeast, with tornadoes feared in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle. Last week, a massive storm slammed the region, dumping 18 inches of snow in parts of Kansas and 13 inches in northern Missouri.

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