A powerful weather system, dubbed winter storm 'Q' by the Weather Channel, left a large part of the country blanketed in white this week, after it dumped snow across the Central United States, from the Rockies to the Midwest.

Forecasts predicted that, by Friday, up to 24 inches of snow would accumulate in parts of Kansas, where the greatest impact from the system was anticipated. On Thursday, blizzard conditions were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri, according to AccuWeather.

Authorities urged people to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel, but many people could not resist snapping photos of winter storm "Q."

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does not name winter storms, but the Weather Channel began naming them last year in an effort to increase awareness of the hazards they might pose. TWC's choice of colorful names -- think Gandalf, Xerxes, Rocky -- has been criticized as a gimmick by some, but winter storm 'Q' has a somewhat benign origin. Apparently, TWC chose the name in honor of the New York City subway's Q line.

"And now the Q train, that rumbling gale of Broadway, seems to have acquired another power: It can make it snow," quipped Matt Flegenheimer of the New York Times last October, when TWC announced its name choices for upcoming storms.

If you have photos of winter storm "Q" please feel free to share them in the slideshow below. Just be careful out there. Although great user-submitted content is a hallmark of The Huffington Post's engaged readership, at the end of the day its more important to be safe than to snap a cool photo.

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  • A wrecked car sits in the middle of US Highway 54 near downtown Wichita, Kan. as heavy snow falls on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2013. A large winter storm moved in over the early morning hours and is expected to last until Thursday evening. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)

  • Golf fans make their way off the course as snow falls during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. Play was suspended for the day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Superstition Mountains are blanketed in snow Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Apache Junction, Ariz. Snow, hail and rain left a blanket of white in parts of the Phoenix metro area Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Wichita Police work an accident on west Kellogg during the snow-packed morning commute in Wichita, Kan., Feb. 20, 2013. Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation's heartland Wednesday, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some regions and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Jaime Green)

  • A woman walks through Central Riverside Park on a snowy Wednesday morning in Wichita, Kan., Feb. 20, 2013. Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation's heartland Wednesday, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some regions and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Jaime Green)

  • In this photo provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks, snow covers Salt River Fields baseball park, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Snow, hail and rain left a blanket of white in parts of the Phoenix metro area Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Arizona Diamondbacks, L.M. Parr) NO SALES

  • In this photo provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks, snow covers the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball spring training offices at Salt River Fields, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Snow, hail and rain left a blanket of white in parts of the Phoenix metro area Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Arizona Diamondbacks, L.M. Parr) NO SALES

  • In this photo provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks, snow covers Salt River Fields baseball park, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Snow, hail and rain left a blanket of white in parts of the Phoenix metro area Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Arizona Diamondbacks, L.M. Parr) NO SALES

  • In this photo provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks, snow covers Salt River Fields baseball park, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Snow, hail and rain left a blanket of white in parts of the Phoenix metro area Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Arizona Diamondbacks, L.M. Parr) NO SALES

  • A spectator walks past a snowman made on a fairway after the first round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament was suspended due to snow Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Marana, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • A wooden placard rests in the snow at the site of the Station nightclub fire, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in West Warwick, R.I. The Feb. 20, 2003 fire, that took the life of 100 people was started when pyrotechnics for the 1980s hard rock band Great White ignited flammable foam that had been installed as soundproofing. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Tournament volunteers walk along the golf course after a snow storm suspended play for the day during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. Play was suspended for the day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Ray Hughes pulls his grandson, Grant McMillen, 3, down an alley during a snow storm, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Salina, Kan. Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation's heartland Wednesday, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some areas and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others. (AP Photo/The Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey)

  • A volunteer walks along the practice green as snow falls during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. Play was suspended. (AP Photo/Ross Franklin)

  • Tournament officials check the course after a snow storm suspended play for the day at the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Golf fans walk by the tournament golf shop as snow falls during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. Play was suspended for the day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • A man clears snow from the sidewalks around Friends University in Wichita, Kan. as heavy snow falls on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2013. A large winter storm moved in over the early morning hours and is expected to last until Thursday evening. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)

  • Roxanne Aubrey shovels snow from the walk in front of her beauty salon in Wichita, Kan. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)

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    A student makes her way across the campus of Friends University in Wichita, Kan. as heavy snow falls on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2013. A large winter storm moved in over the early morning hours and is expected to last until Thursday evening. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)