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Linda Lemke shovels the snow off of her driveway in Jefferson City. A winter storm covered the Plains in snow Thursday, with some areas getting more than a foot in accumulation.

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Plains blanketed with snow

Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation’s midsection Thursday, causing whiteout conditions, shutting down large swaths of interstate highways and forcing schools, businesses and even state legislatures to close.

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