A major snowstorm is paralyzing holiday travel. A winter storm is expected to blast the midwest. Reports of near blizzard conditions are bearing down on Chicago and nearly a foot of snow is in the forecast.
The timing could not be worse - Friday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday season.
OutFront tonight: Meteorologist Karen Maginnis.
Blizzard blasts upper Midwest
Does the end of the world start with a snowstorm?
Probably not, but a blizzard in the upper Midwest is proving potent enough to cut power to tens of thousands of homes and force schools to call it quits from Nebraska to southern Wisconsin Thursday - one day ahead of the official arrival of winter and, as it happens, the predicted Mayan apocalypse.
Blinding snow also is blamed for a 30-car pileup on Interstate 35 near Fort Dodge, Iowa, in which two people died, including a 43-year-old Arkansas woman, Sgt. Scott Bright of the Iowa State Patrol said Wednesday.
As much as another foot of wet, heavy snow is expected in places, accompanied by winds gusting to 50 mph and blowing snow that could reduce visibility to just about zero, forecasters warn.