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Winter storm pounds Midwest with heavy snow

A man waited for help after becoming stuck in Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday as a weekend storm battered the region.

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A man waited for help after becoming stuck in Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday as a weekend storm battered the region.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Few signs of spring were found in parts of the Midwest over the weekend, as a snowstorm brought heavy snow and high winds to several states.

Winter storm warnings and advisories were issued for Sunday and Monday as far east as Pennsylvania.

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The storm dumped 7 to 9 inches of snow from eastern Kansas into central Missouri by Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said. St. Louis was expecting 8 to 10 inches of snow, while 6 to 9 inches was forecast for western and central Illinois.

The system was expected to move into Ohio on Sunday night, bringing between 5 and 9 inches before heading into Pennsylvania overnight.

The National Weather Service said parts of Colorado and northwest Kansas saw 10 to 15 inches of snow Saturday, and southwestern Nebraska had up to 7 inches.

Winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour created snow drifts of 2 to 3 feet in the three states, said Ryan Husted, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kan.

Only remnants of the storm were expected in New York and New Jersey, which are still recovering from hurricane damage.

At New York’s Coney Island, amusement rides reopened Sunday, five months after Hurricane Sandy.

The October storm destroyed homes and businesses, and damaged rides on the Brooklyn peninsula. Sandy also flooded the electrical equipment of Deno’s Wonder Wheel, at a cost of close to a half million dollars.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which sustained severe damage to its infrastructure from the surging waters of Sandy, is not expected to reopen to the public this year, the National Park Service said.

The storm brought water levels as high as 8 feet to the New York Bay island, near the home of the Statue of Liberty, destroying boilers and electrical systems.

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