Cen­tral US digs out as storm moves east

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Jeff Baenen and Rick Cal­la­han

MIN­NEAPO­LIS — Min­nesota res­i­dents slogged through a midApril storm Sun­day that dumped 2 feet of snow on parts of the Up­per Mid­west, coated roads with ice and bat­tered ar­eas far­ther south with pow­er­ful winds and tor­na­does be­fore plow­ing to­ward the North­east and MidAt­lantic U.S.

The storm sys­tem prompted En­bridge En­ergy to tem­po­rar­ily shut­ter twin oil and gas pipe­lines in Michi­gan that may have been re­cently dam­aged by a ship an­chor strike.

The Line 5 pipe­lines were tem­po­rar­ily shut­tered Sun­day af­ter­noon be­cause of a power out­age at En­bridge's ter­mi­nal in Su­pe­rior, Wis­con­sin, En­bridge spokesman Ryan Duffy told The Detroit News. En­bridge de­cided to shut down the twin pipe­lines un­til weather con­di­tions im­prove in the Straits of Mack­inac, which links Lake Huron and Lake Michi­gan, Duffy said.

At least three deaths were blamed on the storm sys­tem, which stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Storms also knocked down trees, caused air­port de­lays and dropped hail on the Caroli­nas.

In cen­tral Ohio, a rainy Sun­day was ex­pected to give way to a win­try Mon­day. Colum­bus set a rain­fall record for April 15 with 2.06 inches re­ported at John Glenn Colum­bus In­ter­na­tional Air­port be­fore 8 p.m. Sun­day, break­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 1.46 inches for the date in 1939, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Snow show­ers are fore­cast Mon­day, with tem­per­a­tures in 30s all day. The out­look is mostly warmer and drier for the rest of the week, said Kris­ten Cas­sady of the weather ser­vice of­fice in Wilm­ing­ton, Ohio.

At Min­neapo­lis-St. Paul In­ter­na­tional Air­port, where more than 13 inches of snow had fallen, 230 flights were can­celed Sun­day. Two run­ways were open, but winds were still strong and planes were be­ing de-iced, spokesman Pa­trick Ho­gan said. On Satur­day, the storm caused the can­cel­la­tion of nearly 470 flights at the air­port.

Two north­east­ern Wis­con­sin com­mu­ni­ties, Tiger­ton and Big Falls, re­ceived more than 2 feet of snow over the week­end, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Green Bay re­ported. Parts of the state that were al­ready blan­keted were get­ting a sec­ond help­ing of snow on Sun­day. The heavy snow caused part of a ho­tel roof to col­lapse over a pool at a ho­tel in Ash­waubenon, which is next to Green Bay, but no one was in the pool area at the time, and no one was hurt.

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.

In Michi­gan, freez­ing rain that be­gan fall­ing overnight had left roads treach­er­ous and cut power to hun­dreds of thou­sands of homes and busi­nesses by mid­day Sun­day.

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