Winter Storm Blasts Plains and Midwest

The storm was expected to dump up to 18 inches of snow across much of the Midwest, with white-out conditions forecast for many areas.

Democratic and Republican presidential candidates took off for New Hampshire just before a "dangerous" winter storm walloped Des Moines and turned the Tuesday morning commute into a miserable trek.

Snow whirls around a house in Marquette, Nebraska, early on Feb. 2. Cale Carlson took this photo around 7 a.m. on his way to work at the family farm. Cale Carlson

Traffic moves through snow along U.S. 20 in Dubuque, Iowa on Feb. 2.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until early Wednesday for a stretch of Iowa starting in the southwest corner, through central Iowa and into much of the northeast region of the state.

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A de-icing team prepares a commercial jet during severe weather at Denver International Airport on Feb. 2. The powerful winter storm has shut down highways in eastern Colorado, closed many schools and slowed down traffic at Denver International Airport.

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People try to push a car that got stuck along Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, Denver on Feb. 2. RJ Sangosti / Denver Post via Getty Images

Tom Ryan guides his bicycle along a street as a heavy snowfall moves through the area in Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 2.

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A dog on a leash makes its way through the snow near the Golf and Country Club in Dubuque, Iowa, on Feb. 2.

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Nicole Brennan shovels the sidewalk outside her home as the massive snowstorm hits Winona, Minnesota on Feb. 2. 

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