The real challenge of this week's Midwest wallop is that many of the states affected, like Missouri and Kansas, aren't accustomed to getting big snow storms. A month ago it was in the 70s in Kansas City. Nowhere was hit harder than the highways, where the snow accumulated so quickly that the cars couldn't get to safety quick enough. This left cars sliding into snow drifts andtrucks . Kansas actually closed a 240-mile stretch of the Interstate and dispatched two dozen National Guard soldiers to search for travelers stranded in the mayhem. "If you don't have to travel, don't do it," said the state's governor, Sam Brownback. He reiterated, "If you don't have to get out, just really, please, don't do it." Nevertheless at least two deaths attributed to storm has been reported, both from car accidents.
The good news is that snow is precipitation, which the plains states desperately need. The region's been struggling with droughts for what seems like years now global warming, ahem and several inches of snow melt amounts to some much appreciated respite. "We can get excited about it," one farmer . "But we're going to have to have more moisture, however it comes."