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Much of the upper Midwest battled blizzard conditions Saturday, with a combination of heavy snow, fierce winds and subzero temperatures pummeling the region 10 days before the official start of winter.

A blizzard warning, issued by the National Weather Service, stretched from South Dakota to Wisconsin and down to Missouri and Illinois. The storm was expected to dump between 15 and 20 inches of snow in some locales.

“It’s looking very frightening,” said Amrita Mukherjee of Minneapolis, Minnesota. “It’s terrible. Since morning, it’s been snowing heavily and the wind is really strong. And each hour, it’s getting even worse.”

The blizzard prompted the postponement of the NFL game between the Minneapolis Vikings and New York Giants from Sunday afternoon to Monday night, the league’s website reported. The Giants were stranded at Kansas City International Airport in Missouri on Saturday, unable to get to Minnesota because of the snow, said team spokesman Peter John-Baptiste.

The storm likely will gain strength before bearing down on the Chicago area, the weather service said. Well before then, it had forced the closure of several major highways and prompted mass flight cancellations.

Several airlines, including Delta, United, U.S. Airways and Continental announced that certain customers could change their flights, without penalty, due to the storm. While specific states and times varied by carrier, travelers to and from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin were potentially affected.

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