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Storm System Brings Snow, Tornadoes Across Country

Winter Storm Magnus dumped nearly a foot of snow in some parts of Wisconsin and Iowa, while places like Georgia and Tennessee saw tornadoes.

A massive storm system resulted in snow and tornadoes across the country Wednesday, leaving small amounts of snow here in northern Illinois and nearly a foot of snow in portions of Wisconsin.

According to the National Weather Service Office in Chicago, the 12-hour snowfall ending at 6 p.m. Wednesday saw .6 inches of snow fall in Grayslake, while Oak Lawn saw just a tenth of an inch.

That same storm system, Winter Storm Magnus (as named by The Weather Channel), dumped a lot of snow elsewhere in the country. Reedsburg, WI, for example, received 10 inches of snow, and 9 inches of snow fell in Watson, IA.

The Weather Channel reported that snow fell in parts of Kansas, southeast Nebraska, northern Missouri, Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northern Michigan Jan. 30.

Elsewhere, tornadoes and damaging winds were the greatest concerns. More than 200,000 people lost power in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to The Weather Channel.

There were 13 tornadoes reported in eight states Wednesday, and at least two people died in Tennessee and Georgia, The Weather Channel reported. A tornado in Adairsville, GA, is preliminarily estimated to have been a strong EF-3, according to Weather Channel Tornado Expert Greg Forbes.

On the Enhanced Fujita scale, an EF-3 packs winds of 136 to 165 miles per hour, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center.


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