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Storm threatens Midwest with heavy snow, travel disruptions

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 19:21:29-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A significant winter storm is threatening to blanket parts of the middle of the country with more than a foot of snow, promising to disrupt travel and even closing some coronavirus testing sites.

The snow that began in some parts of the Midwest Monday morning was forecast to stretch from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan throughout the day. Some of the heaviest snow was expected in southeast Nebraska and western Iowa.

According to The Associated Press, eastern parts of Nebraska saw more than 10 inches of snowfall.

Officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads. Several coronavirus testing sites in Nebraska and Iowa closed early on Monday because of the storm.

The AP reported roughly 250 semi-trucks pulled off the road in York, Nebraska, to wait out the storm alongside Interstate 80.

On Monday, Nebraska State Patrol troopers responded to more than 200 weather-related incidents, the AP reported.

A major highway in California was closed as a storm moving across the Southwest dumped snow in the Tejon Pass between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley.