Sunday, April 22, 2018

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Central U.S.hit with heavy snow, tornadoes, rain, hail from massive storm

At least 3 killed, including Wisconsin woman; Twin Cities could get 20 inches

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    Delta Airlines flight attendant Victoria Flees trudges through the snow with her bags in downtown Minneapolis on the way back home from the light rail station after her flight to Paris was grounded along with all other planes at MSP because of weather, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The National Weather Service predicts 9 to 15 inches of snow across a large swath of southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities before it's all over. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

    Anthony Souffle

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    James Schoenhard, with Schoenhard Lawn Care, plows sidewalks with his team downtown Saturday, April 14, in Sioux Falls, S.D. A storm system stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes has dumped a foot of snow on parts of the upper Midwest. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)

    Briana Sanchez

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    Niko Heiligman, of Aachen, Germany, and Lea Stimpel walk along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis during a snow storm on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The National Weather Service predicts 9 to 15 inches of snow across a large swath of southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities before it's all over. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski.

    Steve Karnowski

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    The field is covered as the Yankees and Tigers were rained out Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Detroit. The Yankees beat the Tigers 8-6 on Friday night, and the teams will try to play a split doubleheader Sunday to finish this three-game series — but the weather then might not be any better. (AP Photo/Noah Trister)

    Noah Trister

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    This photo provided by Nebraska State Patrol show stranded motorists including several trucks on Interstate 80 near Sidney, Neb., Friday, April 13, 2018. A potent spring storm system that's expected to persist through the weekend raked across the Midwest. ( Nebraska State Patrol via AP)

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    Cheryl Kolosso and her husband Dave collaborate to clear heavy snow at their home during a snowstorm Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Appleton, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)

    Dan Powers

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    This photo provided by Nebraska State Patrol a school bus helps transport stranded motorist late Friday, April 13, 2018 near Sidney, Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued an emergency declaration to allow state funds to be used for the response to a spring blizzard that has swept most of the state. (Nebraska State Patrol via AP)

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    Bryce Rosenau, 13, left, makes a snow fort with his brother Blake, 10, and sister Elise, 15, right, during a snowstorm Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Appleton, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)

    Dan Powers

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    This photo provided by Nebraska State Patrol show stranded motorists on Interstate 80 near Sidney, Neb., Friday, April 13, 2018. A potent spring storm system that's expected to persist through the weekend raked across the Midwest. ( Nebraska State Patrol via AP)

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    James Schoenhard, with Schoenhard Lawn Care, plows sidewalks with his team downtown Saturday, April 14, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)

    Briana Sanchez

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    Colleen Streefland brushes snow and ice of her vehicle during a storm Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes buffeted the central U.S. with heavy winds, rain, hail and snow, (Joe Ahlquist /The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)

    Joe Ahlquist

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    M.B. Haskett cook Mark Romanowski shovels snow in front of the restaurant, Saturday, April 14, in Sioux Falls, S.D. M.B. Haskett was one of the few restaurants open downtown Saturday. (Briana Sanchez /The Argus Leader via AP)

    Briana Sanchez

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    Lee Rinehart scrapes snow and ice off of his vehicle near where a large tree branch had fallen during a storm Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes buffeted the central U.S. with heavy winds, rain, hail and snow, (Joe Ahlquist /The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)

    Joe Ahlquist

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    People help push a car stuck during a snowstorm, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The National Weather Service predicts 9 to 15 inches of snow across a large swath of southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities before it's all over. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

    David Joles

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    Johannes Madsen, 13, left, and friend Bode Young, 11, play with a remote control car during a storm Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes buffeted the central U.S. with heavy winds, rain, hail and snow, (Joe Ahlquist /The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)

    Joe Ahlquist

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    Travelers at the Metro Government Center Plaza station wait for a train as the snow picked up in downtown Minneapolis, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The National Weather Service predicts 9 to 15 inches of snow across a large swath of southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities before it's all over. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

    Anthony Souffle

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    Lost snow gear is tied to the fence at Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Minneapolis. The National Weather Service predicts 9 to 15 inches of snow across a large swath of southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities before it's all over. (Ellen Schmidt/Star Tribune via AP)

    Ellen Schmidt

MINNEAPOLIS — A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has buffeted the central U.S. with heavy snow, tornadoes, rain and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana girl and a Wisconsin woman.

In the Upper Midwest, all flights were grounded most of Saturday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as heavy snow made it difficult to keep runways clear and planes deiced. Nearly 470 flights were canceled before crews were able to open one runway shortly after 10 p.m., according to a spokesman. Blizzard conditions also forced the airport in South Dakota’s biggest city, Sioux Falls, to remain closed for a second straight day.

The Minnesota Twins home game against the Chicago White Sox was snowed out Saturday, marking the first back-to-back postponements of baseball games in the stadium’s nine seasons. Sunday’s game was also called off because of the storm, which by Saturday night had buried Minneapolis under more than 13 inches of snow (33 centimeters). The Yankees and Tigers were rained out Saturday in Detroit.

Authorities closed several highways in southwestern Minnesota, where no travel was advised, and driving conditions were difficult across the southern half of the state. The National Weather Service predicted that a large swath of southern Minnesota, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, could get up to 20 inches of snow (51 centimeters) by the time the storm blows through on Sunday.

“It’s a cool experience for me, the best Minneapolis experience,” Niko Heiligman, of Aachen, Germany, said as he braved the snow Saturday to take a walk along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. “I’m only here for the weekend, so I guess that’s how it goes. There’s snow and it’s cold. So it’s good.”

The storm is expected to persist through Sunday in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan before moving into New York state and New England.

Up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow had fallen by early Saturday in parts of northern Wisconsin, with another 14 inches (36 centimeters) expected by Sunday evening. Winds of up to 55 mph (88.5 kph) caused blowing and drifting snow, along with ice shoves in Green Bay.

The National Weather Service also warned of potential coastal flooding along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and Illinois, where Chicago residents were warned that waves could reach as high as 18 feet (5.5 meters).

Snow and wind gusts of up to 50 mph (80 kph) were whipping through parts of South Dakota for a second straight day Saturday, causing blizzard conditions that made travel all but impossible. While the blizzard warning was lifted in the western part of the state, it remained in effect for much of southern and eastern South Dakota.

No travel was advised in Sioux Falls, where police said the blowing snow made it hard to see anything. Several inches of snow fell in various parts of the state, including 18 inches (46 centimeters) in the eastern South Dakota city of Huron.

The storm and powerful winds knocked out power to thousands of customers in Michigan, which was expected to get more snow and ice through the weekend.

Two storm-related deaths occurred early Saturday. In Louisiana, winds downed a tree onto a mobile home in Haughton, killing a sleeping 2-year-old girl inside, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. In central Wisconsin, a woman was killed when she lost control of the minivan she was driving on a slippery highway and struck an oncoming SUV near Lewiston in Columbia County. Three passengers in the minvan and the SUV driver were hospitalized.

On Friday, a truck driver from Idaho lost control of his rig on snow-covered Interstate 80 near Chappell in western Nebraska and slammed into a semi that had become stranded, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. He died at the scene.

In Arkansas, a tornado ripped through the tiny Ozark Mountain town of Mountainburg on Friday, injuring at least four people and causing widespread damage. Video showed uprooted trees, overturned cars, damaged buildings and downed power lines. Powerful winds also damaged several buildings at the University of Central Arkansas, though no injuries were reported there.

The storm made its mark in Texas, too, where hail the size of hen eggs fell on areas south of Dallas and Fort Worth, according to meteorologist Patricia Sanchez. In Austin, fire officials said strong winds helped spread the flames after lightning struck two houses that suffered heavy damage.


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