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Winter Weather Blasts Parts of California, Midwest


December 8, 2009

Winter weather is hours away from central Virginia, but it's already causing problems in the Midwest. The storm front has proven deadly with three reported fatalities so far.

The wintry landscape may look pretty, but it's proving to be deadly for some out west facing a major snow storm.

The snow and ice is causing traffic pile-ups for miles, including a 24-car accident in Boise, Idaho.

In California, an accident on Interstate 80 claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy, when the car he was riding in skidded off the road. There was another fatality on state Route 89 after a different collision.

The wintry mix is hitting California hard. Parts of the midwest also got a wintry blast, with mother nature dumping as much as a foot of snow in some areas, with more to come.

Some people are taking advantage of the first big snow with sledding, snowboarding, and snow ball fights to kick off the season, but blizzard warnings are still in effect for parts of Arizona.

Residents are bracing for the ice and snow, spreading salt, weatherizing homes, taking precautions to try and brave the storm.

The winter weather is expected to intensify as it moves more into the midwest and the upper great lakes. Places like Iowa and southern Minnesota could face blizzard-like conditions.

The Newsplex will have you covered as the winter storm heads our way, though in our area we're expecting a winter mix and rain, not a blizzard.

Wednesday morning, we'll have up to the minute closings and a live look at traffic.

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