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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- A winter storm sweeping the southern Plains is tracking a bit farther south than earlier expected, but forecasters are still predicting blizzard conditions for southeastern Missouri.

The National Weather Service has placed about a dozen southeastern and Bootheel counties under a blizzard warning from 6 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday.

Areas from Cape Girardeau to Kennett could get six to 12 inches of snow. Winds are expected to increase to around 25 mph Tuesday night, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph creating whiteout conditions at times.

Southwestern and south-central Missouri had also been bracing for heavy snow, but the storm warning area was reduced as the storm took shape. The forecast Tuesday afternoon called for anywhere from flurries to three inches of snow south of the Interstate 44 corridor.

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