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Snow storm pounds US Midwest

2010-12-14 06:04:03 GMT2010-12-14 14:04:03 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A powerful snow storm is playing havoc with travel plans in the US Midwest as more than 2,000 flights are canceled in Chicago. Jon Decker reports.

The official start of winter is over a week away, but don't tell that to residents of the American Midwest.

The twin cities of Minneapolis-St.Paul in Minnesota are digging out after the region's fifth biggest snowfall on record. More than 17 inches of slow were dumped at the local airport and the sheer volume of snow is making driving on area roads a major challenge. Even snow plow drivers are having trouble clearing the city streets.

In Kansas City, Missouri, a water main break combined with frigid temperatures are to blame for freezing over an entire home. The homeowner - who was away at the time - had to use a blowtorch on the lock of his front door -- just to get inside. The heat inside the house works, but it might be awhile before the ice melts off the home's exterior.

And in Chicago, Sunday's snow storm forced the cancellation of nearly 2,000 flights in the Windy City. A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight and most of the stranded passengers are being told it may not be until Tuesday before they can get a flight out of Chicago.

Jon Decker, Reuters.

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