Lumbering coast to coast, a winter storm hammered the Great Plains on Thursday, and more than a dozen more states were forecast to be hit in coming days.
Accidents were reported across the region, with one death: an Oklahoma teenager who was killed when his pickup truck skidded across a slushy road.
By early afternoon, more than 11 inches of snow had fallen on the ground in Wichita, Kan., the most in 26 years, and it was still snowing.
The Weather Channel said snow totals would be formidable: Up to a foot of snow for Omaha, Neb., 3 to 6 inches of snow and sleet for St. Louis, 8 to 12 inches of snow for Kansas City, Mo., and 3 to 6 inches of snow for Chicago.
Kansas and Missouri declared states of emergency as plows struggled to keep up with a system dumping 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour, and a swath of the country from Ohio to Arkansas prepared for a coating of dangerous ice.
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