Forecasters are calling for a winter storm to come out of the Rockies and hit part of the Plains and Midwest with heavy snow and strong winds.
There will be blizzard conditions at times, especially Tuesday, making travel nearly impossible.
The heaviest snow, at least ten inches, is predicted for northeast Illinois, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.
Ice, as much as an inch thick, is another part of this storm.
The peak impact will be felt Tuesday, but the effects may linger for a long time.
This destructive and crippling ice storm is expected to knock out power to potentially thousands of people.
This part of the winter storm follows a line from Fort Smith, Arkansas, through St. Louis and Indianapolis to New York and Boston.
South of where the ice and snow falls there will be severe thunderstroms.
It begins early Tuesday in central Texas and moves east across Arkansas into Mississippi and Alabama.
Forecasters expect winds in excess of 60 miles an hour and aren't ruling out hail and tornadoes.
And then there's the cold.
A strong high pressure system invades the Northern Plains this morning.
It sinks into the Midwest and slides as far south as Texas.
Coupled with the expected high winds in this part of the country, residents can expect sub-zero wind chill factors through at least Thursday.
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