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Wicked Weather Plaguing Midwest

A couple uses skis to cross a snowy street in downtown Portland, Ore. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008. A weekend winter storm that buried northern Oregon and slowed its largest city to a crawl was expected to let up some after spilling into the workweek. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A couple uses skis to cross a snowy street in downtown Portland, Ore. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008. A weekend winter storm that buried northern Oregon and slowed its largest city to a crawl was expected to let up some after spilling into the workweek. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The skies are beginning to clear in many spots in the west.
Now residents there can begin the hard work of digging out from huge amounts of snow.
But that weather pattern has moved east, and the Midwest will get socked today with sometimes severe flooding rains, fog, and extremely warm temperatures.

It's not just the windy city. Chicago became the slippery city after rains turned to ice, turning roads into obstacle courses.

Some cars managed to spin without any major damage but others weren't so lucky.

At least one driver needed help getting out of her overturned vehicle. While others ended up stranded or their cars smashed along the highway. Numerous crashes in one Indiana county forced it to declare a state of emergency.

One driver said, “So to avoid hitting a car, I said, either I hit the car or go in these people's front yard. So I chose the yard.”

They're still digging out in Colorado as well... and probably will be for some time to come. A blizzard warning is in effect for the state's southwest mountains.

Parts of Utah got a White Christmas... and then some.

Still, the snow was a welcome Christmas gift for skiers in Lake Tahoe Nevada, happily hot-dogging instead of digging themselves out.


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