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Snowstorm dies down, Midwest travel woes tick up

Friday - 2/22/2013, 6:52pm  ET

Billie Byrd of Des Moines clears the steps of the Iowa Capitol Friday Feb. 22, 2013, after an overnight snowstorm dumped six inches in Des Moines. The snowstorm left behind varying amounts of snow and ice across the Midwest, causing difficult travel conditions. Powerful wind gusts created large snow drifts on many roadways, making navigating the slick conditions a challenge. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Rodney White)

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A major winter storm turned Midwest commutes into treacherous challenges Friday before the system petered out over the Great Lakes.

At least four deaths were linked to the storm, including three from traffic accidents, brought on by gusty winds and snow-covered roadways.

Places in Kansas and Missouri saw a foot or more of snow on Thursday, and spent Friday digging out and clearing its miles of roadways. Impressive totals included 18 inches in the southern Kansas town of Zenda; 17 inches in Hays, Kan.; 13
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