Blizzard spreads snowy shroud over nearly half US

A man shovels in the early morning hours Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Milwaukee, Wis. The area is under a blizzard warning and some freeways were shut down. (Jeffrey Phelps)

February 2, 2011 3:59:12 PM PST
A fearsome storm spread a smothering shroud of white over nearly half the nation Wednesday, snarling transportation from Oklahoma to New England, burying parts of the Midwest under 2 feet of snow and laying down dangerously heavy ice in the Northeast that was too much for some buildings to bear.