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Potent Winter Storm Targets Northeast

Airplanes stand in the snow at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday in Chicago. The city received 19 inches of snow from a storm that is now in the Northeast.

The Northeast is bracing for more snow: The National Weather Service is warning of "a potent winter storm" from the Ohio Valley to New England, with Boston expected to get up to 12 inches of snow.

"Bitterly cold weather will settle in behind this system from the Upper Midwest to New England," the National Weather Service says.

Areas around the Great Lakes, upstate New York and New England will also see a lot of snow. The storm has caused extensive power outages across Illinois and Indiana.

The storm dumped 19 inches of snow across the Chicago region on Sunday, making it the fifth-largest on record.

NPR's David Schaper in Chicago tells our Newscast unit that "many Chicagoans spent the morning trying to dig their cars out of waist deep snow drifts while other didn't even bother trying, knowing they'd likely get stuck a short time later on the still un-plowed sides streets."

David says Chicago public schools and most suburban and private schools are closed, but Chicago school buildings are open with some staff on hand for children with nowhere else to go.

David Epstein, meteorologist at WBUR, is urging Boston residents to avoid travel if they can. He says the storm will likely end between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The Weather Channel says nearly 70 million people are under a winter advisory this morning; the weather has affected flights as well.

The new storm approaching New England comes after last week's nor'easter dumped as much as 3 feet of snow on some regions.

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