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Spring storm slams Upper Midwest

  • Mike Haydon snow blows the sidewalk near his home during a storm Sunday, April 15, 2018, in southwest Rochester, Minn. A deadly storm system moving through the central and southern U.S. has dumped a thick blanket of snow on parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota and left parts of Michigan an icy mess. (Joe Ahlquist/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP) Joe Ahlquist / @jahlquist@postbulletin.com

  • 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 / Argus Leader

  • Nolan Robinson, 10, of Rochester, Minn., is covered in snow at Judd Park while sledding during a storm, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. A deadly storm system moving through the central and southern U.S. has dumped a thick blanket of snow on parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota and left parts of Michigan an icy mess. (Joe Ahlquist/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP) Joe Ahlquist / @jahlquist@postbulletin.com

  • 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 / Argus Leader

  • Nolan Robinson, 10, of Rochester, Minn., makes his way up the hill at Judd Park while sledding during a storm, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. A deadly storm system moving through the central and southern U.S. has dumped a thick blanket of snow on parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota and left parts of Michigan an icy mess. (Joe Ahlquist/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP) Joe Ahlquist / @jahlquist@postbulletin.com

  • 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

  • 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

  • Paul Tuchtenhagen uses a snow blower to pull Leland, 2, and Ephram, 5, in a sled during a storm, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. A deadly storm system moving through the central and southern U.S. has dumped a thick blanket of snow on parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota and left parts of Michigan an icy mess. (Joe Ahlquist/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP) Joe Ahlquist / @jahlquist@postbulletin.com

  • 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)

  • 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/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

  • 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)

  • 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/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

  • 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)

  • 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 / @jahlquist@postbulletin.com

  • M.B. Haskett cook Mark Romanowski shovels snow in front of the restaurant, Saturday, in Sioux Falls, S.D. M.B. Haskett was one of the few restaurants open downtown Saturday. The Argus Leader via AP

  • 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 / @jahlquist@postbulletin.com

  • 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

  • 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 / @jahlquist@postbulletin.com

  • 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

  • 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

  • Pedestrians cross Nicollet Ave., running to catch a bus during a snowstorm in Minneapolis, Minn., 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

  • A worker tried to clear snow and ice from the Metro Government Center Plaza station as the snow picked up in downtown Minneapolis, Saturday, April 14, 2018. 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, would get 9 to 15 inches (23 to 38 centimeters)... Anthony Souffle

  • Seen from the 24th Street walking bridge cars make their way slowly on I-35W in the blizzardSaturday, April 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. 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, would get 9 to 15 inches (23 to 38 centimeters) of snow by the time the... David Joles



Associated Press
Sunday, April 15, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota residents slogged through a mid-April 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 Mid-Atlantic 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 due to 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.

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.

The wintry grip on the Twin Cities continued to keep the boys of summer off the diamond, forcing the postponement of the third straight Minnesota Twins-Chicago White Sox game. The New Yankees and the Tigers were rained out Saturday in Detroit and had planned to play a doubleheader on Sunday, but those games also were postponed. The Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians games also were rained out Sunday.

The prolonged wintry weather is “starting to beat everybody down,” said Erik Ordal, who lives in downtown Minneapolis and was taking his 3-month-old golden retriever puppy, Dakota, out for a walk in the snow. Ordal, who grew up in South Dakota, said he is used to the cold, snowy weather “but I’m certainly ready for some warmth.”

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. 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.

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 even as heavy snow was forecast to dump a foot or more of snow on parts of the state’s Upper Peninsula by early Monday.

In North Carolina, authorities declared a local state of emergency in the city of Greensboro after an apparent tornado caused damage Sunday afternoon in several locations. Greensboro police said in a tweet that there also was one storm-related fatality but they did not elaborate. Media reports prior to the police tweet said high winds damaged at least seven homes, destroyed a mobile classroom at an elementary school, and toppled trees and power lines.

To the south, Lexington County, South Carolina, officials said several buildings were damaged and toppled trees were blocking roads.

No injuries were reported in the Carolinas, but tens of thousands of homes and businesses were without power Sunday.

There have been three deaths blamed on the storm system. A sleeping 2-year-old girl in Louisiana was killed when a tree fell on her family’s recreational vehicle early Saturday. A Wisconsin woman was killed when she lost control of her minivan on slick roads and veered into an oncoming SUV. And an Idaho truck driver was killed when his semitrailer struck a semi in western Nebraska that had been stranded on a highway by the bad weather.

In Arkansas, a tornado ripped through the tiny Ozark Mountain town of Mountainburg on Friday, injuring at least four people. In Texas, hail the size of hen eggs fell south of Dallas, according to meteorologist Patricia Sanchez.

And another round of snow is possible midweek in the Upper Midwest, said meteorologist Eric Ahasic at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

“It’s not going to be as much snow as this one, thankfully,” Ahasic said.

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Callahan reported from Indianapolis.