Blizzard Death Toll Hits 22

Snow and howling winds wreak havoc in nation's heartland
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2007 3:38 PM CST
A man walks through the blowing snow in downtown Topeka, Kansas. Visibility was limited by the heavy blowing snow causing a pile up on Interstate 70 near Alma and other accidents throughout northeast...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The death toll from a winter storm that pummeled the upper Midwest rose to 22 today, the AP reports. The worst of the storm is over for the region, but it left behind icy highways and downed power lines, especially in Wisconsin, Illinois, and upper Michigan. Remnants of the storm system could dump heavy snow snow on western New York tonight, forecasters said.

"The roads aren't quite as ice-covered, but we're still telling people not to drive unless they have to," said a sheriff's official in Wisconsin. "The interstate is still slick." The storm wreaked havoc on holiday travel, snarling air traffic at O'Hare and closing major highways in some of the Plains states.