DISCUSSION: As the strengthening low pressure system progressing across the North-Central United States continued its all-out assault on several million people during the course of the day today, winter truly had quite a strong grip. At the height of the winter storm today, a large portion of southern Minnesota and surrounding areas experienced quite persistent blizzard conditions which led to scenes such as the one captured above along MN-40 (located to the east of Madison, Minnesota). As seen in this image, not only was visibility reduced to absolutely life-threatening levels, but there was also little to no traction on the highways as heavy blowing and falling snow combined to bring most forms of travel down to a crawl at best. As illustrated by this and many other pictures emerging from this most recent winter blast on the North-Central United States, it is always imperative to have tremendous respect for the natural power and ferocity associated with ground conditions which commonly unfold in the northwest quadrant of classic winter-time cyclones.
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~Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz