Deadly spring storms that spawned tornadoes in the US South and blizzards in the Plains and Midwest was expected to continue to blast across the region on Sunday bringing more snow, rain and wind that have shut down airports and left 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.
All flights were grounded Saturday at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport as a spring blizzard made it hard to keep runways clear and planes de-iced.
James Schoenhard, with Schoenhard Lawn Care, plows sidewalks with his team downtown Saturday, April 14, in Sioux Falls, S.D. 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. Paul International Airport, where two runways were open but almost 13 inches of snow combined with strong winds were making it hard to keep the runways open and the planes de-iced, spokesman Patrick Hogan said. Paul airport. On Saturday, 240 flights were cancelled to or from Minneapolis-St.
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. Parts of the state that were already blanketed were getting a second helping of snow Sunday.
The storm finally let up in South Dakota, allowing the airport in the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, to reopen for the first time since Thursday.
About a foot of snow could fall Sunday on parts of northern Wisconsin, upstate MI and North Dakota, he said. Interstates 90 and 29 in parts of eastern South Dakota also reopened, and no-travel advisories were lifted across the state border in southwestern Minnesota.
The National 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 5.5 metres.
Powerful winds knocked out power to thousands of customers in MI, which was expected to get more snow and ice throughout the weekend.
There have been three deaths blamed on the storm system, which stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.
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. A Wisconsin woman was killed when she lost control of her minivan on slick roads and veered into an oncoming SUV.
On Friday, the weather system produced 17 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas, with four people injured and 160 buildings damaged in a possible tornado in northwest Arkansas, local media reported. In Austin, fire officials said strong winds helped spread the flames after lightning struck and badly damaged two houses.