Midwest Storm Causes Messy, Dangerous Travel

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Much of the nation's heartland is buried in snow Friday and now that massive storm is working its way northeast.

Travel is proving to be a challenge from Kansas to Missouri. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and several major highways forced to shut down.

"Cars in the ditch everywhere, people sliding into people," one person observed. "It's a mess out here. It's really a mess out here."

"Just got out of control," one motorist recalled. "I lost control due to weather conditions."

Deep Snow in Kansas

Kansas was the epicenter of the storm. Wichita is buried under 14 inches of snow, the most the city has seen in an entire generation.

Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency as snow plows struggled to keep up with worsening conditions.

Meanwhile, drought-plagued farmers in the Midwest welcomed the damp conditions, with some even calling it a blessing.

"This will get our spring crops growing...our oats, and our alfalfa, and our spring pasture," dairy farmer Tim Iwig said.

Parts of the Midwest have been engulfed in the worst drought in decades. Climatologists say 12 inches of snow is equivalent to about one inch of rain.

The storm is expected to weaken Friday, but forecasters predict it will redevelop over the East Coast. That means parts of New York and New England could get snow for the third weekend in a row.

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