Another Midwest Snow Job

A woman is carried away on a stretcher by rescue workers after her car slid on the snow covered southbound lanes of Interstate 475, Monday night, March 4, 2003, in Grand Blanc Township, Mich., and flipped upside-down onto the northbound lanes. A winter snowstorm dumped 4 to 7 inches of snow on portions of southeastern Michigan. AP

March is coming in like a lion in parts of the Midwest.

The overnight snowfall in the Chicago area wasn't as bad as some had feared. Still, the Windy City received three to five inches, reports CBS Radio station WBBM-AM, and the suburbs as much as 10 inches.

The storm swept into the area Tuesday, causing rough going on the roadways and prompting several airlines to scale back flights.

Portions of southeastern Michigan got 4 to 7 inches of snow, snarling the Wednesday morning commute.

A moisture-laden low-pressure band collided with arctic air over the state causing the storm, said Bill Deedler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oakland County's White Lake Township.

"Since the northern front can't hold the precipitation, it's dumping it as snow over our area. There's a lot of moisture with this system," Deedler said.

"It should be moving out. We are looking for the system to taper down by early afternoon," he added.

Meanwhile, AAA Michigan was responding to a higher than normal number of calls from motorists.

"Most of those are sliding off the road, and a few (have) dead batteries," said Nancy Cain, AAA Michigan spokeswoman.

A low pressure system moving from the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes and pushing into the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic is expected to bring snow to the region.

A mix of rain, sleet, and freezing rain was expected ahead of the snow in the Northeast, where accumulations could range from 6 to 10 inches.
  • Brian Dakss

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