Two dead as winter snowstorm sweeps across US Midwest

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"This storm is expected to bring snow, freezing rain, sleet, and ice to locations across the Commonwealth meaning that members of the public should monitor roadway conditions and make informed decisions before heading out onto the roadways", said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. We have HIGH CONFIDENCE in snow falling on Saturday (afternoon/evening) and bitterly cold weather.

An occasional flurry will be possible Thursday, however, the snow chances are going to be very minimal during the daytime hours. Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7 inches on the western side of the state to more than 2 inches in the Detroit area.

The weather service issued a winter storm warning for most of ME late Tuesday afternoon, in advance of the storm.

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WINTER STORM WARNING and WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY go into effect Thursday afternoon over the entire KWWL viewing area. Even though those locations are not within the WLFI viewing area, our northern counties (Pulaski, Fulton, Jasper and Newton) will likely be impacted.

The track of the storm will bring the heaviest snow amounts to northern IL, with amounts rapidly decreasing as it moves north.

The same storm system has killed several people in accidents in the Midwest since Monday, including six in Iowa, two in Missouri and one in Montana, local media in those states reported.

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Expect a hard Friday morning commute. Around 3 to 5 inches is expected north of Dane County, and 1 to 3 inches near and north of Wisconsin Dells.

Snow will wind down on Friday evening, ending later the farther south and east you are. Wind chill could drag that figure down to -17 degrees.

Numerous law enforcement agencies have warned those traveling on the roadways this week to use extra caution, especially during Friday morning's commute. We hope you got a chance to enjoy yesterday's lovely weather (mostly sunny skies with highs in the middle 50s) because it feels like a different season out there today.

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Road conditions began deteriorating Thursday night as the system neared Chicago, the Illinois Department of Transportation tweeted.