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Chicago Readies For Near-Blizzard Conditions Yet Again

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard are bracing for another blast of below-normal temperatures and heavy snowfall after a few days of temperatures that moved slightly above normal for this time of year.

The National Weather Service says a storm developing over the middle Mississippi Valley as rain late Tuesday will change to snow and move northeastward to the Gulf of Maine by Thursday. It is expected to dump up to 8 inches of snow in the Chicago area and northern Indiana and more along the Great Lakes in Ohio, Pennsylvania and upstate New York before dissipating over Canada.

Chicago has already been buried by 75.5 inches of snow this winter - fourth most on record dating back to 1884-1885, according to the weather service. The snowfall expected into Wednesday could push the seasonal total into third place, ahead of the 77.0 inch total from 1969-1970.

Southeastern Michigan, where up to 9 inches is forecast, may come close to breaking a 133-year-old snowfall record. The storm will likely move the Detroit area close to the seasonal snow total of 93.6 inches set in 1880-1881, according to the weather service.

Indianapolis was expecting a temperature drop of about 40 degrees over a 24-hour period overlapping Tuesday and Wednesday, said Chad Swain, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

"We're 68 for the high right now," Swain said late Tuesday afternoon. "That's going to quickly change."

In Missouri, high temperatures were to reach well into the 70s Tuesday in much of the state. They are being replaced with windy conditions and temperatures in the low 30s by Wednesday morning, but then are to rebound to the 50s on Thursday, weather officials said.

The sharp changes in temperatures, with Chicago falling to the teens late Wednesday after moving above 50 Tuesday, has caused some confusion.

"I had a guy in here yesterday asking for salt and right after him a guy wanted mulch. Only in Chicago," said Richard Schauer, owner of Schauer's Hardware in Forest Park.

Schauer said his store, like so many others, is out of salt. And he's not about to buy more just to cover one more - hopefully - snow storm.

"I don't want to be stuck with it. It costs a lot of money and takes up a lot of space," he said.

He did say there are still a few shovels, though the selection is pretty thin.

Jeff Gatewood, who owns Allisonville Nursery in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, said the months of snow and cold cut down on winter customers, but in recent weeks many visitors confided that their yearning for spring drove them to stop by the business and take in its house plants and cheery garden items.

"Everybody's got so much pent-up energy, it's going to make for a crazy spring," Gatewood said. "Spring fever is really going to be pretty high this year.

"And we all know the weather's going to hiccup and do this a few times before it straightens out."

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DICK CLARK March 12 2014 at 8:13 AM

you can't fight nature. nature will have it's way.

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mjpmrm March 12 2014 at 10:41 AM


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vtmilitia March 12 2014 at 10:31 AM

Some of the worst storms I've seen have come in March (blizzard of '93) and April. Wet heavy snows that pile up as Mother Nature adjusts into spring mode. Nothing new actually, carry on people.

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jjacnjo vtmilitia March 12 2014 at 11:12 AM

Yeppers, live with it, or move!!

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nsdatalore March 12 2014 at 11:24 AM

Alright, I'm seeing quite a few comments here which just spout that climate change and global warming are a hoax perpetuated by Democrats for an unspecified reason. I'm going to give you a basic geography explanation. CLIMATE is the composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years. WEATHER is the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc. A single weather event does not debunk climate change. A single extremely cold winter does not debunk climate change. The evidence, if you will look at the average over a series of years since we began tracking it completely in the 1800s, is that the CLIMATE is becoming warmer. It's also not unheard of in our past because Earth used to be considerably hotter in its distant past than it is today. The ENTIRE scientific community has seen the evidence and still believes that it is happening despite one winter storm. If you want to disprove it, you will have to show evidence that the average annual temperatures across the globe are the same as they were one hundred years ago. The raw data is out there, if you choose to look it up.

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raytere March 12 2014 at 10:17 AM

You all want to know who doesnt complain about the cold and ice/ snow? The ones who SKI and SNOWBOARD on it !!!

( oh, I almost forget...also the ones who own/operate the winter resorts...)

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hockeyfan39 March 12 2014 at 10:02 AM

Enough already...

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TONY March 12 2014 at 9:40 AM

Alaska has temperatures in the 40's there is no snow for the Andiron dog sled race.

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Jim March 12 2014 at 9:38 AM

Snow sucks nuff said.

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lipiecz_zbigniew March 12 2014 at 9:32 AM

I am LOOKING for ...joooooooob

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stevenjonessales lipiecz_zbigniew March 12 2014 at 9:36 AM

Look for one of those twits that BS about their unemployed mother making $14G a month on google.

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leroyspace March 12 2014 at 9:26 AM

The earth is like a human body. deep inside is a firey heart; a heart so hot it would scorch the earth. This heat is minimized by the many arteries and veins. Just like our arteries a pool of blood flows through the earth in the form of oil and the oil is cooled by the many continually flowing veins of water in the form of streams, rivers and underground springs. The final cooling is provided by the waters of the oceans which recycle the water back to the land. As we dig, drill and scrape we interupt the natural process of earth and eventually the heat will overtake the surface. Just as our bodies fight off intrusions so will the earth fight to save itself. The earth will win.

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