Blast of 'thundersnow' shuts down much of Midwest

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Horses standing outside the riding stables at Beverly Farm on Humbert Road in Godfrey, Ill., were taking the snow in stride as it quickly started to accumulate from a major winter storm, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Godfrey, Ill. Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation's midsection Thursday, causing whiteout conditions, shutting down large swaths of interstate highways and forcing schools, businesses and even state legislatures to close. (AP Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman) THE NEWS-DEMOCRAT AND THE POST-DISPATCH OUT