Winter storm hits the Plains

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Tough urban commute

An armada of snow plows and salt spreaders have been deployed on highways across the nation's heartland in an effort to keep businesses and government services up and running. See gallery

A pedestrian crosses the street in front of a city bus stuck in the snow Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 in Kansas City, Mo. The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of heavy, wet snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands. 

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Highway plow

A pair of snow plows head west on US-54 Highway, clearing the snow off the roadway, near Cheney, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands.  Gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high and created treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute. 

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Alone on the roads

A lone vehicle travels along the Ashland Avenue Tuesday morning Feb. 26, 2013 in St. Joseph, Mo., as the snow storm continues to hit the area. This is the second winter storm that has hit the Midwest in a week.

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More snow to shovel

James Smith clears snow from sidewalks Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in downtown Sedalia, Mo., which received about a foot of snow overnight. The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas with gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high creating  treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute.

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Westar Energy

Westar Energy crews begin work on snow covered power lines  in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.  The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands.  Gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high and created treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute. 

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Aerial sidewalk snow view

Brad Gerber, with the City of St. Joseph, clears off sidewalks around one of the downtown parking garages Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 in St. Joseph, Mo., as snow continues to fall throughout the area. This is the second winter storm that has hit the Midwest in a week.

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Low visibility

Traffic moves on the I-40 service road Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. A blizzard packing 50 mph wind gusts and more than 11 inches of snow blasted Amarillo and Texas Panhandle Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, making travel nearly impossible. Interstate 40 and many major highways in the Panhandle have been closed.

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Out shopping

Two unidentified men walk through a grocery store parking lot as snow begins to fall in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.  Jayson Gosselin of the National Weather Service says parts of Colorado, Kansas and northern Missouri could get 10 to 12 inches of snow. 

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Postcard perfect

Snow covers the trees and a barn after snow fell across the area on Monday night in Sedgwick County, Kan. , Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands.  Gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high and created treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute. 

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Deep driveway work

A fallen tree limb blocks his drive as John Cushing shoves snow Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 in Kansas City, Mo. The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of heavy, wet snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands. 

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Great day to play

Ellie Davies, 6, and her friend Katrer Gattis build snowmen in Naftzger Memorial Park in downtown Wichita, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

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Go fast

Simon Mourning, bottom, and Chance Cain sled  near downtown Wichita, Kan. as a winter storm moves through the area on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

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Tasting the snow

Ellie Davies, 6, catches snowflakes on her tongue in Naftzger Memorial Park in downtown Wichita, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

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Band of friends

Chance Cain, from left, Simon Mourning and Nathan Talley walk towards a sledding hill near downtown Wichita, Kan. as a winter storm moves through the area on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

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Snow removal

Adnan Reza, a senior engineering student at the University of Colorado from Dhaka, Bangladesh, removes the snow from his car on a sunny morning following a winter storm, in Boulder, Colo., Monday. Coloradans are digging out from a major snowstorm that canceled flights, delayed the opening of Denver city offices and piled up as much as 2 feet of snow.

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Early morning jog

Jennifer Korman jogs with her dog in Denver on Monday. A winter storm passed through Colorado on Sunday, dumping more than a foot of snow in the Denver area. 

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Plowing streets in Kansas

City crews remove snow early Monday in Liberal, Kan., which is under a blizzard warning until Tuesday at midnight. Winds were around 25 to 30 mph by 9 a.m., with forecasts of higher winds and gusts of up to 50 mph in the afternoon.

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Highway drift

Vehicles navigate along Interstate 27 during blizzard conditions in Lubbock, Texas, Monday. State troopers were unable to respond to calls for assistance and National Guard units were mobilizing as a winter storm blanketed the central Plains with a foot of snow in some places. Roads were closed Monday throughout West Texas and the Panhandle.

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Split roads of snow

Cars move along the Marsha Sharp Freeway during blizzard conditions in Lubbock, Texas, Monday.

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Not too cold to shovel

Ayla Anderson, clears snow from her vehicle in Denver on Monday. Anderson just moved to Denver from Florida.

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Ditched on the road

A car sits abandoned along an Interstate 27 access road during blizzard conditions in Lubbock, Texas, Monday.

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Cattle in the blizzard

Cattle stand in blizzard conditions in Lubbock, Texas, Monday.

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Braving the cold

Jackie Arrandondo, 19, is covered with snow as she waits for the bus Friday in Minneapolis. A major snowstorm that buried parts of the Midwest grazed southern Minnesota, where 2 to 3 inches of snow snarled the morning commute in the Twin Cities area.

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Icy Happy Landing

Icicles hang from a street sign after a fast-moving snow storm blanketed Springfield, Ill., on Friday. Powerful wind gusts created large snow drifts on many roadways, making navigating the slick conditions a challenge. Accidents and slide-offs were reported from Kansas to Michigan as the storm pushed east.

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Stranded semi

Trucker Gary Wheeler of Kansas City waits for a tow after his truck slid off the road on Friday in Greensburg, Kan. The storm dumped at least a foot of snow in Kansas and forecasters say it is headed to the Northeast U.S. 

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Can't drive? Ski

Shawn Noble skis to work after a winter storm left more than 6  inches of snow on Friday in Iowa City, Iowa. The winter blizzard continues to move across the entire Midwest, dumping up to a foot of snow in places as it moves east.

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Digging out for the morning

Billie Byrd of Des Moines clears the steps of the Iowa Capitol Friday, after an overnight snowstorm dumped 6 inches on the city. The snowstorm left behind varying amounts of snow and ice across the Midwest, causing difficult travel conditions. Powerful wind gusts created large snow drifts on many roadways, making navigating the slick conditions a challenge.  

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Snowy cactus

Snow covers a cholla cactus during a snowstorm at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Wednesday in Marana, Ariz. Play was suspended for the day.

 

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Flying high

Braden Center jumps his sled over a mound of snow in Wichita, Kan., Thursday. Wichita received several inches of snow during the early-morning hours.

 

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Fire and ice

A Lawrence firefighter places wheel blocks as he prepares to extinguish a vehicle fire in Lawrence, Kan., on Thursday. The car caught on fire while trying to make it up a snow-covered hill.

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Smoke break

David Black takes a smoke break while shoveling snow in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday. ''It's just tobacco, it's not a 'doobie.' Be sure to put that down,'' Black said.

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Covered

Snowfall accumulated on cars during heavy snowfall that blanketed Kansas City, Mo.

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Staying prepared

St. Louis firefighter Bruce Stalmech clears the snow at Engine House 29. A morning ice storm and then several inches of snow have slowed or closed roads, businesses and schools.     

 

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Moose in the whiteout

A truck drives in near-whiteout conditions past a silhouette of a moose on Interstate 80 near Gretna, Neb., Thursday.

 

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Stalled

Traffic comes to a standstill on Interstate 635 in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday. A major winter storm pounded the Great Plains, creating hazardous travel that resulted in at least one death, closing schools, scuttling air travel, and cutting off power to some communities.

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Over the edge

A man stands next to his car stuck in the snow in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday.

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Delivering mail

U.S. Postal Service employee Craig Conner tries to navigate a mail cart to his vehicle Thursday morning in downtown St. Joseph, Mo. Winter storm warnings were issued from eastern Colorado through Illinois.

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Walking through the storm

A woman walks through Central Riverside Park in Wichita, Kan., Wednesday morning. 

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Playing with grandpa

Ray Hughes pulls his grandson, Grant McMillen, 3, down an alley in Salina, Kan., Wednesday.

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Clearing snow

A man clears snow from the sidewalks around Friends University in Wichita, Kan., Wednesday morning.

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Wrecked cars

A wrecked car sits in the middle of U.S. Highway 54 near downtown Wichita, Kan., as heavy snow falls on Wednesday morning. 

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Going to class

A student makes her way across the campus of Friends University in Wichita, Kan., Wednesday morning.

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Ace delivery

Westlake Ace Hardware employee Kenneth Curiel, right, helps customer Marcus Dunn load six 40-pound bags of ice melt into a van in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday.

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Blasting through the snow

Scott Erickson clears snow off a driveway in Omaha, Neb., on Friday.

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Bring out the shovel

Roxanne Aubrey shovels snow from the walk in front of her beauty salon in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday.

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Traffic jam

Wichita police work at the scene of an accident during the snow-packed morning commute Wednesday.