Weather Ser­vice warns of 8-state Mid­west bliz­zard

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

MINNEAPOLIS: Much of the up­per Mid­west braced for frigid tem­per­a­tures and heavy snow­fall Sun­day as the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice warned of bliz­zard con­di­tions span­ning parts of eight states.

The heavy storm was mov­ing east­ward a day af­ter it dumped 20 inches of snow in parts of the re­gion, forc­ing nu­mer­ous road clo­sures and even post­pon­ing for a day an NFL foot­ball game when the New York Giants were un­able to get to Minneapolis to play the Min­nesota Vik­ings.

A bliz­zard warn­ing was in ef­fect Sun­day for Chicago and much of north­ern Illi­nois, all of Iowa, large sec­tions of south­ern Min­nesota and Wis­con­sin, and smaller ar­eas in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mis­souri and Michi­gan, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. Most of the rest of the re­gion was un­der a win­ter storm warn­ing or a hard freeze watch. Wis­con­sin au­thor­i­ties is­sued a statewide no-travel ad­vi­sory Satur­day, cit­ing bliz­zard and win­ter storm warn­ings in nearly ev­ery county.

The weather was an un­ex­pected bur­den for one Min­nesota man who had pledged to camp out on the roof of a cof­fee shop to help his daugh­ter's school raise money.

Hos­pi­tal ex­ec­u­tive Robert Stevens donned four lay­ers of long un­der­wear, heavy boots and a down coat be­fore em­bark­ing on his quest Fri­day night. He vowed not to come down un­til he had raised $100,000, but af­ter reach­ing the half­way mark Satur­day morn­ing, he said he hoped the rest of the money would come fast. He didn't look for­ward to spend­ing an­other night out in the bliz­zard. "I think I've crossed the line into in­san­ity," he said. Stevens slept in­side a tent sur­rounded by hay bales, swad­dled in a dou­ble-in­su­lated sleep­ing bag as he lis­tened to the winds whip off Lake Min­netonka a block away.

There was a bustling lunch crowd Satur­day in the Birch­wood Cafe in Minneapolis. Col­lette Den­nis, a baker there, was back in­side af­ter she and co-work­ers spent 20 fu­tile min­utes try­ing to free her parked car from a snow­drift. -Ap

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