Excessive heat warnings will continue for much of the Desert Southwest through Monday. Here, Maria Wieser of Italy drinks water while sightseeing in Death Valley National Park on Friday. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Quite a show in Chicago: Lightning struck the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower, at right) on Wednesday as the storm system moved through. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A map shows the chance of severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening, with the National Weather Service predicting strong winds and storms moving eastward to the mid-Atlantic Thursday. NOAA hide caption

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The funnel of this tornadic thunderstorm came close to the ground near South Haven, Kansas, on Sunday. Gene Blevins /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Where is spring? Icy branches partially blocked a city street Wednesday in Sioux Falls, S.D. More wintry weather is expected there Thursday. Dirk Lammers /ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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From St. Louis Public Radio: Tim Lloyd reports on the severe weather

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That's the coast of the U.S. on the left, the tip of Greenland at the top center and the coast of Europe on the top right. Meanwhile, the storm's tail extends down into the Caribbean. NOAA Satellite and Information Service hide caption

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In St. Louis on Sunday the sliding — even without a sled — was good. The area got 6 to 12 inches of new snow over the weekend. Bill Greenblatt/UPI /Landov hide caption

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