The first blizzard of the season created rough conditions throughout the Midwest. Wisconsin and Iowa are predicted to receive the brunt of the storm.
Image Source: The Des Moines Register BY NICHOLE CARTMELL ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN Blizzard conditions blanketed much of the Midwest and Great Plains states Thursday. A meteorologist for WFOR follows the storm . “Notice that blizzard conditions extend all the way from western Kansas to southeastern Nebraska and some of the worst of the weather is ending up in Iowa, and that's going to continue through much of the day on Thursday as everything moves to the east.” CNN says the storm has been strong enough to cut power to tens of thousands of homes and close schools from Nebraska to southern Wisconsin. The snow is also being blamed for a 30-car pileup on Interstate 35 in Iowa, leaving one person dead. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency. “We did this well in February 2011, learning from mistakes made in the past where they didn’t have enough people positioned.” Record-setting snowfall covered Des Moines, Iowa. According to The Des Moines Register , the city hasn’t seen this much snow in several years. “On Thursday morning, officials measured 13.1 inches at the National Weather Service office in Johnston. The last time Des Moines saw 13 inches during a single storm was Dec. 8-9, 2009, when 15.5 [inches] fell at the Des Moines International Airport, however, that was over two days.” And The Chicago Tribune explains the snow has also affected air travel. “The approaching storm was also creating havoc at O'Hare and Midway airports on the eve of the busiest travel day of the holiday season. FlightStats... said nearly 500 flights have already been canceled at the two airports and more than 700 are reporting delays.” CNN reports the storm is expected to move over New England by Friday.