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Winter's last hurrah? Storm spreads snowy misery from Illinois to Maine

By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 8:53 AM EDT, Wed March 12, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Chicago could see up to 8 inches of snow.
  • Blizzards warnings are up for western New York.
  • Parts of New England could see snowfall reach 20 inches
  • Warming weather causes flooding out West

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(CNN) -- You've got to give the groundhog credit. He's getting every last drop out of his forecast of six more weeks of winter.

Just as the jonquils and tulips are poking their leaves above ground, a monster of a storm is sweeping across the Midwest, up the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.

Look at these snowfall predictions with the official start of spring just over a week away.

Chicago-area commuters could be facing up to 8 inches of fresh new snow as they head to work Wednesday.

Sorry Cleveland, it looks even worse for you. Close to a foot of snow is possible by the time the storm passes.

People trek through a golf course in Durham, North Carolina, as heavy snow falls on Thursday, February 13. People trek through a golf course in Durham, North Carolina, as heavy snow falls on Thursday, February 13.
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Schools around the country grappled this winter with rough weather, unsafe roads and power outages, which meant a lot of time for students -- including these from the Washington, D.C., area -- to play in the snow. After 10 snow days, schools in Prince William County, Virginia, are reducing elementary recess to 10 minutes per day and adding other instructional days. Here's how other schools with extreme bad weather cancellations are making time for students to learn. Schools around the country grappled this winter with rough weather, unsafe roads and power outages, which meant a lot of time for students -- including these from the Washington, D.C., area -- to play in the snow. After 10 snow days, schools in Prince William County, Virginia, are reducing elementary recess to 10 minutes per day and adding other instructional days. Here's how other schools with extreme bad weather cancellations are making time for students to learn.
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Blizzard warnings are up for western New York. Up to 18 inches of snow is forecast for Rochester. Winds will gust up to 44 mph.

Ready to cry uncle yet?

Burlington, Vermont, is in the cross hairs too. Folks there will see winds up to 32 mph. Snowfall could reach 20 inches before it's all over.

And so it goes, all the way into Maine. People in Bangor can look forward to up to 19 inches of snow before the system exits New England Thursday.

Out West, the weather's warming up, but even that comes with problems.

The melt from a heavier-than-normal snowpack has turned into flooding along the Bighorn River in north-central Wyoming, forcing folks from their homes.

"We actually have about 60 residences that we've evacuated," Worland Police Chief Gabe Elliott told CNN affiliate KCWY. "Probably around 80 people who reside in those residences."

Police are preparing for the worst, he said.

"The area's just getting larger and larger and further northbound," according to Elliott. "So it's definitely expanding as we speak."

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