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Snowstorm Dies Down, Midwest Travel Woes Add Up

2:39 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Icy roads and gusty winds have made for treacherous travel today in much of the upper Midwest.

The winter storm that dumped a foot or more of snow in the central Plains has now moved eastward over the Great Lakes. Accidents and slide-offs have been widespread over the affected states.

Snow began falling in Detroit just in time for the morning rush, turning streets and freeways into a mess. In Chicago, the city's large fleet of snowplows salted and cleared the streets of three inches of snow, as commuters made their way to work.

About 270 flights in and out of Chicago's two airports were canceled this morning, and arrival delays of up to 90 minutes were reported.

Airports in Kansas City and St. Louis have reopened, but there were numerous cancellations and delays at both.

A United Airlines plane slid off a slick runway at the Cleveland airport and into a grassy area this morning. No injuries were reported.

Authorities in Minnesota blame the snow for over 200 accidents during the morning commute. One driver was killed when a vehicle lost control, slid into oncoming traffic and was broadsided in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan. In western Iowa, a woman died when she was run over by her car after it became stuck on her steep, slippery driveway.

No serious injuries are reported from a crash in Iowa involving a bus carrying members of a college softball team. It closed part of Interstate 80 east of Des Moines.

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