Winter Storm Rocks Mid-West
Monday and Tuesday, mother nature was packing another punch to the nation's mid- section, delivering a third snow storm in as many weeks. Many people across the mid-section of the U.S. are bracing for the third winter storm in three weeks, the latest system buried parts of Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota with up to three feet of snow.
The storm now has its sights set on Chicago, In northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, ten inches is expected. Chicago, which has had a relative mild snow season overall is bracing for mother nature to make up for lost time.
Hundreds of schools are closed, and hundreds of trucks are in place to plow and salt the roads. More than one thousand flights in and out of O'hare International Airport have been canceled. Officials are asking people to stay off the roadways.
In Minneapolis, more than seven inches had already fallen by early Tuesday morning, with up to a foot possible before it's all over. The storm is expected to continue into the mid-atlantic on Wednesday, affecting the Philadelphia, Maryland and DC areas.
A study conducted by a economics consulting firm back in 2011 found states could lose anywhere from 300 to 700 million dollars in direct and indirect costs related to major winter storms