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Storm barrels through U.S. Midwest with snow and frigid temperatures

From Reuters - February 9, 2018

MILWAUKEE, Wis./CHICAGO (Reuters) - A major winter storm barreled into Chicago and Milwaukee early on Friday, dumping heavy snow and dropping temperatures well below freezing as it forced schools to close and threatened to leave travel at a stand still across the Midwest.

The storm system stretches from western Montana across the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, and reaches as far east as southern Michigan. The storm could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

Chicago was anticipating six to 12 inches of snow early on Friday morning with more snow expected over the weekend, according to the services weather forecast.

The city is ready for this, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during a news conference about the citys preparedness on Thursday. Make no mistake though, this is a heavy snow, heavier than weve seen in a number of winters.

City officials announced school closures in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee because of the weather.

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