Brent Levander watches as his brother, Brian, hooks a chain to the bottom of a vehicle as they work to right it after a driver lost control and rolled into a ditch while traveling on U.S. Highway 281 north of Hastings, Neb.  Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. Freezing drizzle combined with heavy snow has made travel dangerous in south central Nebraska. (AP Photo/Hastings Tribune, Brent McCown)

Flipping out in Nebraska. (Brent McCown/Hastings Tribune/AP)

By Mark Memmott


After a weekend's worth of shoveling back here in the East, our hearts go out to those in the nation's mid-section -- where things are getting pretty rough, weather-wise, and only look to get worse.

As Omaha World-Herald weather consultant Mike Piggot of AccuWeather says, "Christmas Eve will be quite nasty."

The Associated Press writes that "snow was forecast across a large swath of the Plains and the Midwest, with a foot or two possible by Christmas Day. The storm also was expected to dump sleet and heavy rain as it treks eastward. Blizzard warnings were likely on Christmas Eve in Kansas."

Here's how our friend Korva Coleman from NPR's Newscast operation reported the story earlier this afternoon:

The National Weather Service says has winter storm warnings issued for states stretching from New Mexico on up to the Dakotas and over to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Neighboring states aren't going to fare much better.

Local news media are doing all kinds of things to try to get information out to folks. At The Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, there's a webcam transmitting this live video from 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue. Let's hope it doesn't capture too many fender benders (click the "+" button to turn up the volume):

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2:10 - December 23, 2009