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Feb 1, 2011 10:53 AM by Bea Karnes

Four states declare emergencies as storm hits

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The snow is only a few hours old, but governors in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois are declaring emergencies.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated 600 members of the National Guard as an enormous storm begins pelting states from Texas to Ohio with snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Parts of southwestern Missouri had a half-foot of snow on the ground by this morning. So did Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Ice downed power lines in Ohio, leaving thousands without electricity.

Forecasters say some regions could get up to 2 inches of snow per hour at times through tomorrow morning.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for much of the Midwest, with Kansas City, St. Louis and Milwaukee expecting a foot of snow or more. And Chicago could be in for its third-worst blizzard since record-keeping began, with up to 20 inches expected.

After burying the Midwest, the storm is expected to sweep into the Northeast with a mix of snow, sleet and ice.



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