Mid­west gets more snow, ice and wind, killing 3

Bl­iz­zard con­di­tions lead to road clo­sures, flight can­cel­la­tions

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Nation+World - By Steve Karnowski

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

In the up­per Mid­west, the early spring storm brought snow to a re­gion pin­ing for sun­shine and warmth. More than 200 flights were can­celed Satur­day at Minneapolis-St. Paul In­ter­na­tional Air­port and bl­iz­zard con­di­tions forced the air­port in South Dakota’s big­gest city, Sioux Falls, to re­main closed for a second con­sec­u­tive day.

The Min­nesota Twins home game against the Chicago White Sox at Tar­get Field also was snowed out Satur­day, mark­ing the first back-to-back post­pone­ments of base­ball games in the sta­dium’s nine sea­sons. 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 en­tire south­ern half of the state. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice pre­dicted that a large swath of south­ern Min­nesota, in­clud­ing Minneapolis and St. Paul, would get 9 to 15 inches of snowby the time the storm blows through to­day, though only a few inches had fallen on the area as of mid­day Satur­day.

“It’s a cool ex­pe­ri­ence for me; the best Minneapolis ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Niko Heilig­man, of Aachen, Ger­many, who braved the snow 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 to­day in Min­nesota, Wis­con­sin and Michi­gan be­fore mov­ing into New York state and New Eng­land.

A band of 6 to 18inches of snow had fallen by Satur­day morn­ing across cen­tral and north­east­ern Wis­con­sin, with an­other round on the way. A bl­iz­zard warn­ing was is­sued for the north­ern half of Wis­con­sin, which was ex­pected to get an­other 14 inches by this evening. Winds of up to 55 mph caused blow­ing and drift­ing snow, along with ice shoves in Green Bay.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice warned of po­ten­tial coastal flood­ing along Lake Michi­gan. The storm sys­tem also brought ice to south­ern Wis­con­sin, and some areas, in­clud­ing Fond du Lac and She­boy­gan, are ex­pected to get a quar­ter-inch of ice ac­cu­mu­la­tion by this morn­ing.

In Chicago, Lake Michi­gan waves were ex­pected to reach as high as 18 feet, prompt­ing a flood warn­ing un­til to­day along the lake­front.

Snow and wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph were whip­ping through parts of South Dakota for a second con­sec­u­tive day on 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. In­ter­state 90 was closed across the east­ern half of South Dakota, from Vi­vian to Sioux Falls, while In­ter­state 29 was closed from Sioux Falls north to Sum­mit. Huron, an east­ern South Dakota city of about 13,000 peo­ple, re­ceived 18 inches of snow. The state’s second-largest city, Rapid City, got 9 inches.

The south­east­ern cor­ner of the state was ex­pected to get 8 to 12 inches of snow,

JOE AHLQUIST — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Colleen Streefland brushes snow and ice off her ve­hi­cle dur­ing a storm Satur­day in Rochester, Minn. The storm put a deep freeze on the re­gion.

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