Fire Phil! Storm Turns Spring Break to Winter Break

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A major storm system that dumped snow on the Midwest and East Coast is expected to taper off Tuesday. That's good news for millions in both regions who've been affected.

It started in the Midwest with near white-out conditions in Indiana and Illinois. In St. Louis, a whopping 12.4 inches fell, the most ever recorded snowfall on a March day.

Now families across the region are beginning to dig out.

"It's hard to believe it's the end of March, but I actually love it," said Margaret Fields of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, admitting she's "ready for it to quit."

After the Midwest, the storm headed east, creating icy conditions on the roads from Pennsylvania to New York and in Virginia and Washington, D.C., creating havoc and a different kind of spring break in many places.

"It's more like 'winter break,'" Accuweather's Bernie Rayno said.

"For those of you who trusted the groundhog, boy he blew it didn't he?" Rayno chided. "While we are getting some heavy wet snow across the Northeast, many locations will not be getting over six inches."

In central Florida, residents experienced weather of another kind.

A system bringing 80-mph winds ripped the roofs off buildings and burst through the doors of one Lowe's store.

"It was a bad wind storm -- the worst I've ever seen," Conway, Fla., resident Jeff Ellingsworth said.

The winds have left fallen trees strewn across yards and even homes, making for a major cleanup Tuesday.

Meanwhile, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's inner circle say they don't blame Phil for predicting an early spring.

The group's president said Phil did predict six more weeks of winter last month, but that he, a mere human, misinterpreted Phil's message or "groundhog-ese."

The Butler County prosecutor said he had filed a criminal indictment for fraud against Phil, but he'll reconsider now that the inner circle is taking the rap.

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