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Wacky spring weather across the nation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's supposed to be spring, but you wouldn't know it by the inches of snow on the ground in many parts of the United States.

Apparently winter didn't get the memo. Much of the Plains and Midwest is under a blanket of snow which shut down schools and highways in Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

"And actually we're saying right now if you don't need to be on the roads, please stay off the roads, because it is extremely dangerous." said Lt. Mark Deterding of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The storm dropped up to 18 inches of snow in western and central South Dakota. Central Nebraska saw as much as 25 inches. And in western Kansas, residents were out shoveling long before the last flakes fell.

"Well, I knew I couldn't lift 15 inches of snow in a snow shovel. So I thought I'd get it twice. Get it when it's about five inches and then when it's ten and then maybe again when it's fifteen," said Jerry Cook from Kansas.

Farther south in Texas, residents are recovering from flooding. Up to 8 inches of rain in the northern part of the state eased the chronic drought that has made the state so vulnerable to wildfires.

In Dallas, a woman's body was recovered from a creek. Officials think the high water swept her car off the road Sunday night. And in Lubbock, one person was killed, nine injured when a roof on a restaurant collapsed. authorities there blame high winds.

Snow will spread Southwest to Northeast across the mid-atlantic region. Here in Washington, D.C., wet snow is expected this afternoon.

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