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Swirling snowstorm pounds Midwest, aims at Northeast

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Commuters brace the snow as they arrive in downtown Chicago on March 5. Chicago was hit Tuesday by a storm expected to dump as much as 10 inches of snow in the area before the end of the day — the most since the 2011 blizzard.

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Two men clear snow on March 5, in Minneapolis as a winter storm dumped snow on much of the state. Tens of thousands of Minnesota students got a day off Tuesday as the second day of a slow-moving snowstorm made travel difficult across much of the region.

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A snow plow slowly navigates around parked cars along West 3rd Street in Dubuque, Iowa during a snow storm Tuesday March 5. Forecasters say more snow is on the way to snarl travel and disrupt people's daily routines.

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A truck drives along U.S. 151 south of Dubuque, Iowa during a winter snow storm Tuesday March 5. Forecasters say more snow is on the way to snarl travel and disrupt people's daily routines.

 

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

A storm packing heavy, wet, travel-snarling snow threatened the Midwest on Tuesday with its hardest punch of the winter, and forecasters said it could curl through the major cities of the Northeast later this week.

Chicago expected up to a foot of snow, the most there since a blizzard in 2011. More than 1,000 flights were canceled into and out of O’Hare and Midway airports. Minneapolis-St. Paul reported delays up to an hour. Read more on this story here.

Jim Mone / AP

A storm system stretching from the Dakotas to the Florida Panhandle is predicted to bring snow to the mid-Atlantic states.