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Snowstorm keeps trucking through the Great Lakes (with forecast video)

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The first major wintry storm of the season in the Great Lakes won’t let up anytime soon. Heavy snowfall and gusty winds will keep trucking through parts of the region for another couple of days.

The storm began cranking Monday and has already dumped up to 12 inches of snowfall in places from Cleveland to Erie, Pennsylvania, and western New York state. These areas just downwind of Lake Erie could see up to another 12 inches of accumulation Tuesday, with periods of blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions. Lake-effect snow showers could linger Wednesday in upstate New York.

Winter storm warnings continue for these areas Tuesday. The worst conditions for drivers will be along the Interstate 90 corridor from Cleveland to Buffalo, New York, where wrecks have been reported due to the storm.

Meanwhile, winter weather advisories continue for places such as Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Charleston, West Virginia; as well as areas in between, where another 1 to 4 inches of snowfall could pile up.

A separate system could produce several inches of snowfall Wednesday in portions of the southern Plains. This will affect travel along I-35 from northern Oklahoma to central Kansas, in addition to points west like Hutchinson and Dodge City. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm watch for these areas.

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Nick Austin

Nick is a meteorologist with 20 years of forecasting and broadcasting experience. He was nominated for a Midsouth Emmy for his coverage during a 2008 western Tennessee tornado outbreak. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Tech. Nick is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in February 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” eight consecutive years.