Rochester, N.Y. / Des Moines, Iowa (AP) - A major snow storm that shuttered airports in Missouri and buried parts of Kansas in knee-deep powder is crawling northeast, and already has brought a messy morning commute to many Midwestern cities.
Wind gusts of 30 mph are expected to churn-up snow that fell overnight in southern Wisconsin, where forecasters are warning Milwaukee-area residents of slick roads and reduced visibility through the day.
In parts of Iowa, some residents woke up to over a half-foot of new snow this morning. In Chicago, nearly 200 snowplows were deployed overnight.
The storm system swirled to the north and east late Thursday, its snow, sleet and freezing rain prompting winter storm across the region. The snow accumulations are impressive, especially in Kansas, where as much as 17 inches of snow fell.
Rochester will experience at least some precipitation from this system. There will be the chance of snow showers this afternoon, along with the slight chance of a limited amount of mixed precipitation overnight.