Thousands without power in Midwest as winter storm continues raging

Thousands of people in Ohio were without electricity Monday morning as a major winter storm continues raging throughout the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

High winds of up to 70 mph knocked out power lines throughout the state.

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According to the National Weather Service, more snow of up to 12 inches is possible Monday. Gusty winds will create drifting snow and dangerous travel conditions.

Heavy snow and icing are also expected across the Northeast and New England through Tuesday as the system surges northward and a surface low intensifies off the coast.

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A half-inch of ice, or more, is possible in some of the higher terrain of eastern New York, Vermont and western Massachusetts, where ice storm and winter storm warnings are in effect.

Heavy snow is also expected across portions of upstate New York to northern New England.

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Elsewhere, a storm system moving toward the Pacific Northwest will bring widespread rain and mountain snows beginning Tuesday and lasting into the new year. Heavy snowfall, in excess of a foot, is possible in the region’s highest elevations.