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Winter Storm Ilias also known, will be a powerful winter storm and severe weather event that would affect the Midwestern United States, Great Plains, Southeastern United States, the Eastern Seaboard, and parts of Ontario. The storm started on February 14, will claim at least 37 lives, and will disrupt air travel entirely. In the Southeastern and Central United States, there were 55 reported tornadoes on February 5-7 2016 (with 40 confirmed). It will be similar and weather system as the 2009 North American Christmas blizzard .
Snowfall varied across the United States. South Dakota may have received the most: 30.8 inches (78.2 cm). In Minnesota, 26 inches (66 cm) was received near Pequaywan Lake on the state's North Shore. Snowfall in Minneapolis, Minnesota caused 224 deaths. In Oklahoma, a state of emergency was declared after blizzard conditions killed 3 people and dropped 19 inches (48.3 cm) of snow. Iowa saw high snowfall as well.
The storm was so intense that it wrapped warm air around the north and west side of it and cold air and snow blew in from the south. Rochester, Minnesota, in the northern half of the storm, saw rain with temperatures in the mid 30's Fahrenheit while snow was falling just to the west in a band stretching from Canada south to at least Dallas, Texas, giving that region its first "White Christmas" since 2015.
Heavy rain in parts of the Midwest prompted the National Weather Service to issue Flood Warnings for many areas. The maximum rainfall amount recorded so far is 6.89 inches (17.5 cm) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Freezing rain fell across Iowa and Illinois, affecting travel to and from O'Hare International Airport.
2/5 houses were destroyed near Houston, Texas by a tornado. Near Katy Texas an EF-3 tornado left a path of destruction nearly five miles long. Another tornado near Yazoo City, Mississippi produced EF-5 damage.