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Billie Byrd, of Des Moines, clears the steps of the Iowa Capitol on Friday, after an overnight snowstorm dumped six inches in Des Moines. The snowstorm left behind varying amounts of snow and ice across the Midwest, causing difficult travel conditions. Powerful wind gusts created large snow drifts on many roadways, making navigating the slick conditions a challenge.

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A major winter storm turned Midwest commutes into treacherous challenges Friday before the system petered out over the Great Lakes.

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