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While the calendar clearly indicates the start of Spring, Old Man Winter isn’t ready to give up just yet. An unusually cold air mass combined with a strengthening low pressure system will lead to heavy snow and strong winds across the Plains and parts of the Midwest, and heavy icing further to the east. While April snowstorms aren’t unheard of, the scope of the region impacted by this storm as well as the magnitude, will make it rather rare. Heavy snow, strong winds, and blizzard conditions are currently hitting the northern Plains hard, and will continue to do so through tonight and tomorrow as our storm slowly slides east. Right now blizzard warnings extend from North Dakota to Kansas with wind gusts over 50 mph at times and a foot or more of snow expected. While the Plains are taking the brunt of the system today, the Midwest will be…