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March 24, 2013

Midwest sees spring transform into winter weather

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Few signs of spring are being found in parts of the Midwest as a snowstorm tracks eastward mostly along Interstate 70, bringing heavy snow and high winds.  

Two people killed in weather-related crashes were identified, dozens of Palm Sunday services were cancelled throughout Missouri, and about 100 flights were scrapped at Lambert Field in St. Louis. Winter storm warnings and advisories have been issued for Sunday and Monday as far east as Pennsylvania.  

The storm dumped 7 to 9 inches of snow from eastern Kansas into central Missouri before tapering off Sunday morning, said Dan Hawblitzel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in suburban Kansas City.  

In the central 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 Sunday’s game.  

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

By early Sunday evening, St. Louis had about a foot and northern suburbs from 12 to 14 inches, with another 1 to 2 inches expected, said Jim Sieveking, a meteorologist in St. Louis.  

“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.”  

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