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A winter storm hits the Corn Belt

An agricultural meteorologist says a powerful winter storm is moving through the central United States in the next 48 hours and there will be some livestock stress across the Midwest.

Drew Lerner with World Weather Incorporated tells Brownfield “these areas getting heavy snow not only have to deal with not only the snow possibly causing animals to fall, but the windchill and blowing snow that could cause some breathing problems for any animal on the ground.”

Lerner says the snowstorm will stretch from Iowa and Missouri into Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. He says the worst of it is coming Friday afternoon.

“The generalized 4 to 10 inches of snow will happen with 12 to 15 inches expected from northern Illinois into parts of Michigan. The winds will be sustained at 20 to 40 miles-per-hour and gusts will reach up to 55 miles-per-hour.”

He says windchills will dip down into the negative teens and possibly negative 30 degrees. And Lerner says the Delta is going to get a dose of cold weather starting on Sunday.

“There will be a round of snow and winter storm advisories in that period.”

He says these extreme conditions are expected to continue through early next week.

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