Spring storm batters Upper Midwest, brings tornadoes to South

Colleen Streefland brushes snow and ice off her vehicle in Rochester Minn

Colleen Streefland brushes snow and ice off her vehicle in Rochester Minn

Paul, Minnesota, the April monthly record for snowfall of 21.8 inches (55 cm) was surpassed on Saturday (April 14), the National Weather Service said.

Workers try to move an industrial freezer over the metro tracks near the Government Center Plaza tracks as the snow picked up in downtown Minneapolis.

Deadly slow-moving storms generating record snowfall and low temperatures in the US Midwest moved eastward on Sunday (April 15), leaving stranded airline travellers and thousands without power.

The heaviest snows of 12 inches to 18 inches (30-46 cm) hit upper MI and Wisconsin, while the southern portions of those two states were experiencing ice storms, Hurley said.

By Sunday afternoon, 1,689 flights had been canceled into or out of USA airports, the website flightaware.com reported, including 134 flights in or out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as a spring blizzard made it hard to keep runways clear and planes deiced. Paul airport. On Saturday, 240 flights were cancelled to or from Minneapolis-St.

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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.

Tornado watches were in effect over the Carolinas, but no tornadoes had been reported by early Sunday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley.

Authorities closed several highways in southwestern Minnesota, where no travel was advised, and driving conditions were hard across the southern half of the state. Parts of the state that were already blanketed were getting a second helping of snow on Sunday.

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About a foot of snow could fall Sunday on parts of northern Wisconsin, upstate MI and North Dakota, he said.

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The weather service also warned of potential coastal flooding along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and IL, where Chicago residents were warned that waves could reach as high as 18 feet.

In Michigan, where snowfall was expected to reach 18 inches (46 cm) in some areas, about 310,000 homes and businesses were without power because of an ice storm, majority in the southeast of the state.

At least three deaths were blamed on the storm system, which stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.

The storms also killed a 1-year-old girl when a tree fell on a recreational vehicle where she was sleeping, the sheriff's office in Bossier Parish, Louisiana said. A Wisconsin woman was killed when she lost control of her minivan on slick roads and veered into an oncoming SUV.

The weather process produced 17 stories of tornadoes from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas, with four people and one hundred sixty buildings ruined at a potential tornado at southern Arkansas, regional media reported. Video showed uprooted trees, overturned cars, damaged buildings and downed power lines. In Austin, fire officials said strong winds helped spread the flames after lightning struck and badly damaged two houses.

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