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Midwesterners dug themselves out after a massive snowstorm Friday as people began their holiday travel. Traffic is expected to be heavier this year, AAA predicted.

Travel conditions this weekend should be pretty good – Saturday will be mostly sunny (high 28), and Sunday mostly cloudy (high 20) but relatively mild in much of the state, WCCO says.

The storm Wednesday and Thursday, which closed schools and created traffic nightmares in southeast Minnesota, dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest and prompted airlines to cancel more than 1,000 flights, mostly in Chicago, the Associated Press reported. The storm was blamed in eight deaths in five states, USA Today reported.

Sixty-three-year-old Michael Hughes of New Hope, Minn., was one of at least two people in Nebraska who died in crashes that were blamed on poor driving conditions during the storm, the Associated Press reported. He was killed near Maxwell on Interstate 80.

Interstate 35 connecting southern Minnesota and Iowa was reopened Friday morning after blowing snow forced its closure, the Star Tribune reports.

The interstate from Albert Lea to the Iowa border was closed at about 2 p.m. Thursday. Snow made travel miserable in Iowa and led to a 25-vehicle pileup about 60 miles north of Des Moines that left two people dead.

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