6 Dead as Snow, Big Chill Shut Down Midwest

Highways closed, flights canceled amid sub-zero weather
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2010 5:53 AM CST
Open water from the Mississippi River flows over St. Anthony Falls, right, as snow blankets the city in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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(Newser) – Temperatures have plummeted across the upper Midwest after a storm pounded the region with snow and strong winds this weekend, the AP reports. Six weather-related deaths were reported as the storm closed major highways in some states, canceled some 1,600 flights in Chicago, and collapsed the inflatable roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ Metrodome. Areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin saw almost 2 feet of snow.

This is weather the region “normally would get in January,” not December, said a meteorologist. “With the snow, pretty much the worst of it's over, but we're going to get cold temperatures through Tuesday"—well below zero with wind chill in some areas. That will make it harder to clear roads; commuters can expect a long haul.

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