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Updated: 02/21/2018 01:19:00AM

Storm system brings problems to Midwest

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A motorist stops to clear ice from his wipers along I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The area is under a winter weather advisory. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

A mobile home is seen destroyed after a tornado struck an area outside Joshua, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Two weak tornadoes have hit North Texas, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others in the rural area near Joshua and damaging the roofs of homes in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. (Jessica Pounds/Cleburne Times-Review via AP)

A mobile home is seen destroyed after a tornado struck an area outside Joshua, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Two weak tornadoes have hit North Texas, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others in the rural area near Joshua and damaging the roofs of homes in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. (Jessica Pounds/Cleburne Times-Review via AP)

A St. Joseph County Highway departartment worker places a recycling bin on a street in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A storm system stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes states and forced some schools to close. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Cars drive on Park Street in Kalamazoo Tuesday, Feb. 20. The road closed due to flooding. Heavy rain and melting snow are combining to cause flooding and road closures in parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
(Meagan Beck/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

Workers block off a side road near Park Street in Kalamazoo Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 due to flooding. Heavy rain and melting snow are combining to cause flooding and road closures in parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
(Meagan Beck/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

Debbie Steinbach looks around her home to assess water damage in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A storm system stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes states and forced some schools to close. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

The driver of a car wades through an overflowing street in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A storm system stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes states and forced some schools to close. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Vehicles travel through standing water on a street in Glendale, Wis., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A storm system stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes states and forced some schools to close. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

A Slate-Colored Junco perches among icy branches in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The area is under a winter weather advisory. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Traffic moves westbound along an icy I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The area is under a winter weather advisory. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Dominique Heaggan-Brown, 26, the former Milwaukee police officer who was acquitted last year in a fatal shooting that sparked two nights of riots was sentenced to three years in prison for unrelated sex crimes, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Heaggan-Brown was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to three counts of soliciting prostitution and two counts of obtaining someone's image without their consent. He also pleaded no contest to false imprisonment. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

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CHICAGO — A storm system that’s brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains was being blamed for fatal crashes in three states, including an accident that left four dead in Nebraska.

The storm system stretched from Texas, where at least two tornadoes hit, to the Great Lakes states and forced some schools to close. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas.

Two weak tornadoes hit North Texas early Tuesday, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others in a rural area near Joshua and damaging the roofs of homes in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. At least two people were injured. The weather service said they were EF0 tornadoes with winds ranging from 65 to 85 mph.

The storms occurred in advance of a strong cold front that threatened to bring wintry precipitation and freezing temperatures to parts of North Texas.

Speed and slippery pavement caused a Tuesday morning crash between a pickup truck and a semitrailer that killed four people on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska, police said. The three men and one woman killed were from Colorado, authorities said. Roads were icy and snowy after the storm system passed through overnight.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said a 38-year-old woman died and two other people were injured in a collision on an icy highway late Monday. In Minnesota, state police say winter weather has contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents. As much as a half-foot of snow is expected in some areas. Arkansas weather service forecasters say some areas could see 8 inches or more of rain this week.

In Kansas, freezing rain and ice led Gov. Jeff Colyer to cancel plans to sign a proclamation about the importance of being prepared for severe weather. The weather also caused minor power disruptions, business closings and the cancellation of school and other events.

The Mackinac Bridge, which links Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, was closed to traffic Tuesday afternoon because of falling ice from the cables and towers. Workers were stationed at both ends of the 5-mile bridge between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron to provide instructions to travelers.

As much as 4 inches of rain fell overnight Monday into Tuesday in the Chicago area, and more rain was falling Tuesday afternoon. The heavy rain combined with melting snow and frozen ground will lead to rising waters on area streams and rivers, forecasters said, creating the potential for flash flooding.

Weather service officials urged motorists not to drive onto flooded roadways and to find alternate routes.

Schools in Missouri and Wisconsin canceled classes or delayed start times Tuesday. High water closed roads in Michigan.


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