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Near-blizzard conditions moving into Upper Midwest

Up to a foot of snow was expected across the Upper Midwest on Tuesday, while severe weather in the central Plains could whip up some tornadoes.

Midwest cities expecting the most snow include Fargo, N.D., and Duluth, Minn.

Near-blizzard conditions are possible in parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas, weather.com reported, and Interstates 94, 90, 35, 29 and 39 could be affected


By Wednesday, that system will dump snow in parts of New England, upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.
Snow estimates for the region were less certain due to the possibility of a second system on Thursday that could compound the snowfall, weather.com stated in a separate report.

"The two days combined could deliver up to a foot of snow to northern New York and northern portions of New England," weather.com reported. "For the Boston metro area, several inches of snow are possible. To date, the city has only seen 7.8 inches for the season! This is more than two feet below average. Last season at this time, Boston had seen more than 70 inches."

New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., won't see much if any snow, weather.com stated, but they will get rain.

Tornadoes and other severe weather are forecast this week starting Tuesday in Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and the middle Mississippi Valley, weather.com reported.

On Wednesday, the "severe thunderstorm threat shifts east from the upper-Ohio Valley into portions of the South," weather.com added. "Damaging winds are the main concern, however isolated tornadoes are also possible."

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