Midwest Pummeled By Snow

A Midwestern storm came in on New Year's Day, dropping 16 inches of snow on the area, causing major traffic problems on highways and runways and extended the winter vacation at dozens of schools.The storm is now moving into New England while new snow was falling early Wednesday across much of Michigan and Ohio. Thousands of people have lost power.

"This will be a memorable storm for the amount of snow it dumped in such a short amount of time," Weather Service meteorologist David Shuler said. During the heart of the storm, snow fell at a rate of at least 2 inches an hour, with periods of 4 inches an hour. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport canceled about 150 flights Tuesday and reported delays of about 45 minutes because of blowing snow.