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More snow for Rockies and Dakotas as winter maintains its grip

Winter is still going strong in the West.

Schools were closed and the Legislature canceled its session Monday after a snowstorm broke records in North Dakota, and Wyoming and Colorado were bracing for another system that could dump as much as a foot and a half.

Almost all of Interstate 94 in North Dakota was under a no-travel advisory because of blizzard conditions, according to The Weather Channel. The IRS said it would waive late-filing fees for people in the state who could not submit their tax returns in time because of the storm.

Bismarck, the state capital, got more than 17 inches on Sunday, the largest snowfall there of any day on record.

The second storm dropped snow on Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming on Monday. The Weather Channel said the Denver suburbs and Casper, Wyo., could get a foot to a foot and a half of snow.

“It’s going to pack a punch as it comes out of the Rockies and into the Plains over the next couple of days,” said Tom Niziol, a winter weather expert for The Weather Channel. “It is a major spring storm.”

The storm was expected to push into Nebraska and the Dakotas on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, it is expected to collide with moisture from the south, resulting in severe weather and perhaps tornadoes in the central Plains. The East may see damaging wind Friday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.