CHICAGO (AP) - A winter storm rolling east out of the Midwest is expected to dump more than a foot of snow across parts of northern Indiana and Michigan's Upper Peninsula today.
After starting as one of the warmest and brownest winters in recent history, parts of Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri were blanketed in white before the storm moved into Illinois and Michigan.
The season's first big snowstorm is leaving skiers and snow-reliant businesses giddy but greeting morning commuters with a sloppy, slippery drive.
In a typical year, such a storm would hardly register in the Upper Midwest. But the atmospheric patterns, including the Pacific pattern known as La Nina, that have made for an unusually icy winter in Alaska, have kept it abnormally warm in parts of the lower 48 states used to more snow.