Major Winter Storm Threatens End-of-2018 Travel

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a slick Friday morning commute with snow turning to sleet and freezing rain. NHPR file

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a slick Friday morning commute with snow turning to sleet and freezing rain. NHPR file

The system dumped about a foot of snow in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Minnesota by Friday morning.

North and west of the metro, snow will be heavy at times, which could make travel near impossible at some points during the day Thursday and early Friday.

A severe storm system has caused blizzard conditions throughout the Midwest and heavy rainfall in the South.

UPS said Thursday on its website that there would be no pickups or deliveries in parts of western Kansas. Heavy snow, blowing snow, freezing fog, and low visibility across a large area of the state will create hard to impossible travel with potential road closures.

Storm totals are expected in the range of 10-16 inches, according to the National Weather Service, with the highest totals expected along the North Shore and in some spots on the Iron Range.

A 58-year-old woman in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, died after a tree fell on her camper trailer Wednesday night, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards tells CNN affiliate WDSU. The crash involved a commercial vehicle and a passenger auto, Trooper Tod Hileman said.

Light snow and ice accumulation is expected Friday for parts of central, southern, and northern New Hampshire.

Another person was hit and killed by a truck with a plow blade in Crow Wing County, Minn., The Weather Channel reported.

A colossal blizzard smothered the eastern United States in January 2016, shutting down NY and Washington, leaving 15 people dead and affecting some 85 million residents.

At least 3 deaths were attributed to severe weather in the U.S. as heavy snow and high winds snarled air and ground transportation during a busy holiday travel period.

The Iowa Department of Transportation reported that Interstate-80 eastbound was blocked due to a crash a mile east of Shelby Friday morning.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a travel alert for parts of North Dakota including Bismarck and Devils Lake because of whiteout conditions. "I work at the local grocery store and even we are closed and we never close".

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