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Watch now: Big winter snowstorm wallops Midwest

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A major winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the middle of the country, disrupting travel and shuttering many schools. But the snow also brought relief and joy to some. Chicago resident Kris Allen took advantage of the snow to take his daughter sledding.

A major winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the middle of the country while another system blanketed parts of the Southwest with snow, disrupting travel for a second consecutive day Tuesday and shuttering many schools.

There were closures of several coronavirus testing sites on Monday and Tuesday in Nebraska and Iowa, and both states saw 12 to 15 inches of snow in places. At least 4 inches of snow was expected through Tuesday across most of an area stretching from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan.

The storm made travel treacherous in places as wind-whipped snow piled up. Interstates were temporarily closed in western Nebraska and in Wisconsin near Milwaukee because of crashes Tuesday morning, and scores of flights were cancelled at airports across the region.

In Wisconsin, the weather service predicted up to 10 inches of snow could fall in the Milwaukee area, with the highest totals along Lake Michigan.

“It’s not only snow but it’s pretty darn windy out there, so that’s causing a lot of blowing and drifting," said Andy Boxell, a meteorologist in Wisconsin.

Check out photos of the wintry scene:

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