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Rare November blizzard warning issued in Midwest

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Amity Allen clears her car of snow with a shovel on March 14, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. More than 1,800 flights into and out of Denver have been canceled this weekend and highways around the state have been closed down as a winter storm hits the state. 

Millions of people living in the Midwestern region of the U.S. received their first blizzard warnings of the season on Thursday, NBC News reported.

Parts of northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota were issued blizzard warnings on Thursday. Both areas are part of “Blizzard Alley,” according to NBC News. 

November blizzards are a rarity; the last time there was a blizzard warning in November was in 2016 in South Dakota, NBC News noted. 

Eleven million citizens were also alerted of wind threats, with gusts up to 50 mph Thursday evening. 

Extreme northern parts of North Dakota and Minnesota are expected to see 8 inches of snowfall during the second half of the day, NBC News reported. 

The expected snowstorm with high winds will cause poor visibility and dangerous travel conditions for citizens, NBC News reported. 

The storm is expected to shift east on Friday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region. 

This comes as the moving storm is expected to be off the East Coast by late afternoon and early evening Friday. 

Rain amounts in the track of the storm are expected to be around 1-2 inches with higher amounts possible locally, NBC News noted. 

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