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Winter storm to hit much of US, will end mild Midwest weather

Winter was put on pause for some areas of the U.S., while others like the Pacific Northwest saw powerful snowfall that tied up traffic
Winter storm to hit much of US, will end mild Midwest weather
Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 27, 2024

With temperatures reaching the 60s and 70s, the end of February is bringing an early taste of summer to the Midwest.

The weather is not typical for this time of year — usually temperatures run in the 20s and 30s in cities like Chicago and Kansas City, where the warmer weather is now helping some local businesses.

But the warmth won't last, and the colder temperatures typical to February will return with a severe storm system dumping several feet of snow, rain and wind across the country.

On Tuesday morning, the heavy snowstorm and below-freezing temperatures started overnight in Washington state, shutting down interstate 90 in both directions and leading to some school closures and delays across the region.

In Denver, the National Weather Service issued a snow squall warning Tuesday morning for parts of the metro area.

A snow squall brings sudden whiteout conditions that often last less than an hour.

The cold weather is forecast to make its way to the Northeast on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, wind and thunderstorms to several major cities in the Midwest and East Coast as well.

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