This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 12:45 PM EST shows widespread cloud cover over the Midwest as a major winter storm pounds the Upper Midwest with a mix of wintry ... more 
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 12:45 PM EST shows widespread cloud cover over the Midwest as a major winter storm pounds the Upper Midwest with a mix of wintry precipitation. Energetic disturbances combine with ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and arctic air from the north to support thunderstorms, freezing rain, sleet, and heavy snowfall in the Upper Midwest through much of the day. As the system intensifies, strong gusty winds result in possible blizzard conditions from southern North Dakota and South Dakota into Minnesota with periods of blowing and drifting snow. Afternoon snowfall rates in these area exceed 1 inch per hour at times, especially over southwestern North Dakota where estimated snowfall totals are at 10 inches or more. Meanwhile, bands of ice develop from northern Iowa into northern Ohio and southern Michigan during the afternoon. Significant ice accumulations of a quarter to half inch were reported in the morning. Additional ice accumulations of a tenth inch or less are expected in the afternoon. Moderate rain and snow showers develop to the north of this ice belt in the southern Upper Great Lakes and Ohio. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND) less 
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011 2:30 PM EST