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December 20, 2012
Jimmie Burnett photo

A snow plow spreads salt and sand Wednesday Dec. 19, 2012 in Omaha, Neb. A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains is heading east and is forecast to bring the first major winter storm of the season to the central plains and Midwest.

Matt Miller photo

Mutual of Omaha employees clean their vehicles of snow before leaving on their drive home during the evening commute Wednesday Dec. 20, 2012 in Omaha Neb. A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains is heading east and is forecast to bring the first major winter storm of the season to the central plains and Midwest.

Alyssa Schukar photo

Don Hunter shovels outside of Gerda’s German Restaurant and Bakery in Omaha Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains is heading east and is forecast to bring the first major winter storm of the season to the central plains and Midwest.

Matt Ryerson photo

Chelsea Henning shields herself from pelting snow while walking to work with Josh Summers, both of Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at 13th and P Streets in Lincoln, Neb. A blizzard warning is in effect until noon on Thursday.

Orlin Wagner photo

Early morning motorists travel west along I-70 and into a winter storm near Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Winter weather advisories are in effect for the area. The Midwest’s first major snowstorm of the season was sweeping across several states early Thursday, shuttering schools, creating treacherous roadways and threatening to slow down one of the nation’s busiest airports ahead of the holiday weekend.