Several departing flights are seen as canceled on the flight status board at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Blinding snow, at times accompanied by

 

              Several departing flights are seen as canceled on the flight status board at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.  Blinding snow, at times accompanied by
Several departing flights are seen as canceled on the flight status board at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation's midsection Thursday, causing whiteout conditions, making major roadways all but impassable and shutting down schools and state legislatures. Freezing rain and sleet were forecast for southern Missouri, southern Illinois and Arkansas. St. Louis was expected to get all of the above , a treacherous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT