The Associated Press
A pedestrian walks on the Downtown Mall on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. A blizzard battered the U.S. capital and Mid-Atlantic states, with emergency crews struggling to keep pace with the heavy, wet snow that piled up on roadways, toppled trees and left thousands without electricity.
A powerful snowstorm got underway on Monday, dropping several inches of snow from Minnesota to Arkansas. Today, the storm will dump several inches of snow in cities and towns across the Midwest.
Cities including Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland will bear the brunt of the storm. As much as a foot of snow could bury parts of these metropolitan areas.
As the wind-whipped snow piles up today, travel will become increasingly difficult if not impossible. School children and the young-at-heart will delight in a day off as schools and businesses shut down for the day.
For those that do have to venture out into the storm, roads will become snowcovered and slippery. The heavy snowfall could even force the closure of portions of major area roadways, including I-90 and I-80.
Blustery winds will cause additional hazards for motorists in the Midwest.
Winds gusting past 40 mph at times will lead to blowing snow and near white-out conditions. Meanwhile, drifting snow could also hinder cleanup efforts.
Delays at the larger airports will radiate out across the nation from these typically busy Midwestern travel hubs. Similar ripple-effect travel headaches can be expected into Wednesday as the fierce winter storm takes aim at the major East Coast cities.
by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Katie Storbeck.