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A new winter storm was plowing toward the Plains and the Great Lakes, threatening to pile as much as a foot of new snow Monday in areas still assessing the impact of a Thanksgiving weekend storm that's been blamed for 14 deaths so far.
The storm began sweeping east Sunday out of the Rocky Mountains and took aim at Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, the National Weather Service said. The area where southwest Minnesota — including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul — meets eastern South Dakota and northwest Iowa was forecast to get up to a foot of snow through Tuesday.
A larger zone circling that area, covering the southern half of Minnesota, all of northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota and northeast Nebraska, could get up to 8 inches, forecasters said.
"It's going to be coming down at a pretty good clip," said Domenica Davis, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. "This could definitely cause some school closures or even shut down some businesses here."
In Oklahoma — where almost 100,000 customers lost power — Gov. Mary Fallin declared a statewide state of emergency.
Farther south, meanwhile, warmer temperatures signaled even more floods in hard-hit areas of Texas and Arkansas.
The storms that moved through beginning Thursday have already been blamed for eight deaths in Texas and six in Kansas.
Winter storm warnings stretched Sunday afternoon from central Nebraska to Michigan's border with Canada, while flash flood watches were in effect from the four-corners region where Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana meet edging northeast through much of Arkansas.
It was a bleak prospect for the Wright family of Denison, Texas, who were already overwhelmed by the task of cleaning up from the first storm's floods.
"It was water from yesterday," Jerri Jo Wright told NBC station KTEN of Denison. "When I went to go into the bathroom, it was flooded, and of course I checked a couple other corners, and they were flooded."