A major winter snow storm hit the Upper Midwest through northern portions of New England on Wednesday. Schools and universities canceled classes in parts of Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, where up to 14 inches of snow fell north of Detroit. Southeast Iowa has been hard hit as well. The harshness has led to shortages of road salt in many cities, including Tipton, in eastern Iowa. Getting more will be difficult because a frozen Mississippi River has blocked barge traffic. The snow extended into northern New York State and New England with as much as 15 inches in Burlington, Vermont. Very cold weather is on the way for the weekend possibly causing blizzard conditions in some of these areas.