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Tom McReynolds clears snow from a neighbors' house in Wichita, Kans., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of Wichita buried under 13 inches of still-falling snow, but winter storm warnings stretched eastern Colorado through Illinois.

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A pedestrian crosses the street near the Country Club Plaza shopping district Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Missouri Department of Transportation said Interstate 44 near Springfield was completely covered with ice Thursday morning. Traffic was moving very slow and the DOT urged drivers to use extreme caution or stay home. St. Louis-area road crews were out in full force early Thursday, even though it was dry. The region was expecting a volatile mix of snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain by midday and crews were hoping to lay down enough salt to keep at least the major roadways moving.

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A woman walks through Central Riverside Park on a snowy Wednesday morning in Wichita, Kan., Feb. 20, 2013. Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation's heartland Wednesday, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some regions and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others.

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Workers clear the sidewalk on the Country Club Plaza shopping district in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Missouri Department of Transportation said Interstate 44 near Springfield was completely covered with ice Thursday morning. Traffic was moving very slow and the DOT urged drivers to use extreme caution or stay home. St. Louis-area road crews were out in full force early Thursday, even though it was dry. The region was expecting a volatile mix of snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain by midday and crews were hoping to lay down enough salt to keep at least the major roadways moving.

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The exit ramp from east bound Kellogg to I-235 northbound is closed Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 after a tractor trailer got stuck on the ramp. Numerous cars and trucks were stuck or off the road as nearly a foot of snow fell across the area. Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of Wichita buried under 13 inches of still-falling snow, but winter storm warnings stretched eastern Colorado through Illinois.

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Hector Valdez rides his bike through the snow in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A fast moving winter storm passed through Colorado Wednesday night and Thursday morning dropping as much as a foot of snow in areas of the state.

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An American Airlines flight arrives as sleet falls at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation's midsection Thursday. Freezing rain and sleet were forecast for southern Missouri, southern Illinois and Arkansas. St. Louis was expected to get all of the above ů a treacherous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

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Motorist attempt to push a car back on the road in Wichita, Kans. Thursday, Feb 21, 2013. Numerous cars and trucks were stuck or off the road as nearly a foot of snow fell across the area. Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of Wichita buried under 13 inches of still-falling snow, but winter storm warnings stretched eastern Colorado through Illinois.

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A trucker stops in almost whiteout conditions along K-10 highway near Eudora, Kan., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Kansas Turnpike Authority encouraged drivers to stay off the turnpike entirely; it runs from Oklahoma to Kansas City. There was virtually zero visibility on the turnpike early Thursday. And I-70 and other major highways in Kansas were snowpacked and icy, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback closed executive offices, except for essential personnel. He urged residents to have an extra cup of coffee, get out a board game and play with their children.

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A student makes her way across the campus of Friends University in Wichita, Kan. as heavy snow falls on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2013. A large winter storm moved in over the early morning hours and is expected to last until Thursday evening.

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Roxanne Aubrey shovels snow from the walk in front of her beauty salon in Wichita, Kan. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

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A plow tries to clear K-10 highway near DeSoto, Kan., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Kansas Turnpike Authority encouraged drivers to stay off the turnpike entirely; it runs from Oklahoma to Kansas City. There was virtually zero visibility on the turnpike early Thursday. And I-70 and other major highways in Kansas were snowpacked and icy, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback closed executive offices, except for essential personnel. He urged residents to have an extra cup of coffee, get out a board game and play with their children.

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Motorist attempt to push a car back on the road in Wichita, Kans. Thursday, Feb 21, 2013. Numerous cars and trucks were stuck or off the road as nearly a foot of snow fell across the area. Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of Wichita buried under 13 inches of still-falling snow, but winter storm warnings stretched eastern Colorado through Illinois.

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A woman walks through Central Riverside Park on a snowy Wednesday morning in Wichita, Kan., Feb. 20, 2013. Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation's heartland Wednesday, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some regions and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others.

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A Lenexa Police vehicle stops to aid motorists stuck on a ramp to I-35 in Lenexa, Kan., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Kansas Turnpike Authority encouraged drivers to stay off the turnpike entirely; it runs from Oklahoma to Kansas City. There was virtually zero visibility on the turnpike early Thursday. And I-70 and other major highways in Kansas were snowpacked and icy, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback closed executive offices, except for essential personnel. He urged residents to have an extra cup of coffee, get out a board game and play with their children.

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Wichita Police work an accident on west Kellogg during the snow-packed morning commute in Wichita, Kan., Feb. 20, 2013. Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation's heartland Wednesday, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some regions and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others.

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Plows try to clear Shawnee Mission Parkway in the Kansas City suburb of Shawnee Mission, Kan., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Kansas Turnpike Authority encouraged drivers to stay off the turnpike entirely; it runs from Oklahoma to Kansas City. There was virtually zero visibility on the turnpike early Thursday. And I-70 and other major highways in Kansas were snowpacked and icy, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback closed executive offices, except for essential personnel. He urged residents to have an extra cup of coffee, get out a board game and play with their children.

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Chuck Carroll, center, uses a snowblower to clear the sidewalk in front of his business in downtown Salina, Kan. Thursday morning Feb. 21, 2013. Carroll said he had cleared the sidewalk Wednesday night and expected to remove snow at least once more Thursday.

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A pedestrian walks along the sidewalk in the Country Club Plaza shopping district in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Missouri Department of Transportation said Interstate 44 near Springfield was completely covered with ice Thursday morning. Traffic was moving very slow and the DOT urged drivers to use extreme caution or stay home. St. Louis-area road crews were out in full force early Thursday, even though it was dry. The region was expecting a volatile mix of snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain by midday and crews were hoping to lay down enough salt to keep at least the major roadways moving.

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A Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy helps a stranded motorist in Wichita, Kans. Thursday, Feb 21, 2013, as nearly a foot of snow covered the area. Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of Wichita buried under 13 inches of still-falling snow, but winter storm warnings stretched eastern Colorado through Illinois.

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Drivers get out of their vehicles after a ramp is blocked by truck stuck in snow along I-35 in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Kansas Turnpike Authority encouraged drivers to stay off the turnpike entirely; it runs from Oklahoma to Kansas City. There was virtually zero visibility on the turnpike early Thursday. And I-70 and other major highways in Kansas were snowpacked and icy, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback closed executive offices, except for essential personnel. He urged residents to have an extra cup of coffee, get out a board game and play with their children.

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A wrecked car sits in the middle of US Highway 54 near downtown Wichita, Kan. as heavy snow falls on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2013. A large winter storm moved in over the early morning hours and is expected to last until Thursday evening.

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A city snowplow pushers snow off Zoo Blvd Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2013 in Wichita, Kans. Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of Wichita buried under 13 inches of still-falling snow, but winter storm warnings stretched eastern Colorado through Illinois.

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U.S. Postal Service employee Craig Conner tries to navigate a mail cart to his vehicle Thursday morning Feb. 21, 2013 in downtown St. Joseph, Mo., shortly after the snowstorm started. Winter storm warnings were issued from eastern Colorado through Illinois Thursday.

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Gallery updated: 2/22/2013 11:08 AM

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The snow that has pounded Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri over past few days is headed towards Chicago and the suburbs. 4-6 inches of snow is expected on Friday.
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