Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: Showers and thunderstorms are likely both days. Heavy rainfall and at least some risk of strong to severe storms will be present.
DES MOINES, Iowa (December 20, 2012)--Forecasters warned Thursday that the Midwest's first major snowstorm of the season could cause blizzard conditions this morning from Kansas to Wisconsin.
And there are predictions that some areas in a swatch stretching from northwest Missouri, into Milwaukee, Chicago and Michigan could get as much as much as a foot of snow.
The conditions could threaten operations at Chicago's O'Hare airport.
Heavy overnight snow forced some school districts in Nebraska and Iowa to close.
Drivers in Nebraska were told to avoid treacherous roads.
In western Kansas, some tractor-trailers jackknifed or overturned.
A clerk at a travel center in the town of Tribune said a stranded UPS driver had to spend the night with a family.
One meteorologist says the snow is a nuisance, but said farmers in the drought-parched region welcome the moisture.
Some areas are more than 12 inches below normal precipitation for the year.