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March 24, 2013

Midwest sees spring transform into winter weather

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —

Some parts of central Illinois already had received 6 to 10 inches by Sunday evening and could receive another 1 to 2 inches, Sieveking said. The storm also was brushing northern Oklahoma and Arkansas.  

Snow began falling Sunday afternoon in Indiana, with accumulations of 6 to 10 inches predicted. The system then will move into Ohio on Sunday night, bringing between 5 to 9 inches, Hawblitzel said.  

The storm is expected to weaken as it moves into Pennsylvania late Sunday and into Monday, with totals ranging from 3 to 8 inches. Before it exits off the coast of New Jersey on Monday night, the storm could leave 2 to 4 inches in that state as well as Delaware, northern Maryland and southern New York.  

“It’s definitely a wide-hitting system,” Hawblitzel said.  

To the west, parts of Colorado and northwest Kansas spent Sunday digging out from 10 to 15 inches of snow that were dumped there Saturday. Southwestern Nebraska got up to 7 inches. Winds gusting at speeds of up to 45 mph created snow drifts of 2 to 3 feet in the three states, said Ryan Husted, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kan.  

“We have pretty much cleared out. Sunny skies. It’s starting to melt a little bit,” Husted said Sunday. Transportation officials reopened several closed highways, including a stretch of Interstate 70 spanning from Denver to Colby, Kan.  

Authorities on Sunday also released the names of two people killed in separate crashes. In northeast Kansas, Anthony J. Hinthorne, 40, of Topeka, was killed Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash and rollover on the Kansas Turnpike as snow was falling in Shawnee County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Later that night, Joshua J. French, 24, of Naperville, Ill., was killed when he lost control of his vehicle on a wet stretch of Interstate 35 in eastern Missouri’s Clay County.  

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