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Storm sweeps into US Plains, 10 inches of snow expected

Published on Feb 5, 2014 1:29 AM

KANSAS CITY (REUTERS) - An unusually heavy storm was blanketing Kansas with what forecasters said could be up to 10 inches of snow on Tuesday before an expected quick march across the Midwest and into New England.

The band of heavy, wet snow forced the closing of many state offices and schools throughout the region, as authorities advised people to stay in their homes and the National Weather Service warned of "extremely difficult travel conditions."

"Kansas City and eastern Kansas is going to get a lot of snow," said Mr Greg Carbin, meteorologist for the NWS Storm Prediction Center. "It's remarkable weather. Winter is entrenched. It doesn't appear to be wanting to go anywhere."

The storm system set up Monday night over southwestern Kansas and was peaking over Kansas City on Tuesday, weather service meteorologist Dan Hawblitzel said. Only about 3 per cent of the winter storms that hit Kansas City total more than 6 inches of snow, so this event is uncommon, he said.

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