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Published On: Thu, Dec 20th, 2012

Massive snowstorm causes canceled flights, 25 vehicle pile up and a few deaths

A widespread snowstorm moved across the Midwest on Thursday, delaying flights and causing a fatal 25 vehicle pileup in Iowa.

Iowa and Wisconsin report getting a foot of snow and the storm is expected to moved slowing over the Great Lakes over night and well into Canada.

UPDATE: Utah woman who died after leaving her vehicle which was stuck in the storm has been identified – read more here

The storm system also contributed to a tornado in Arkansas which blew off rooftops of building, toppled trucks in Alabama and added more flight cancellations as far south as Texas.

Iowa drivers were blinded by the blowing snow and didn’t see vehicles that had slowed or stopped on Interstate 35 about 60 miles north of Des Moines, state police said.

A chain reaction of crashes involving semitrailers and passenger cars closed down a section of the highway. At least one person was killed.

“It’s time to listen to warnings and get off the road,” said Iowa State Patrol Col. David Garrison.

The storm was blamed for road deaths in Nebraska, Kansas and Wisconsin. In southeastern Utah, a woman who tried to walk for help after her car became stuck in snow died Tuesday night.

Airlines delayed and canceled hundreds of flights out of Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway international airports. Southwest Airlines canceled all of its flights at its Midway hub that were scheduled for after 4:30 p.m., and American Airlines canceled its flights out of O’Hare after 8 p.m.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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