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Snowstorm forces flight cancellations and power cuts in the U.S. In this photo, a lone man walks in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, April 2, 2018. Photo: Getty Images / Drew Angerer

By Riddhima Kanetkar, International Business Times - Business

For the past few days, storms stretching from Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has distressed the central United States with heavy snow, tornadoes, rain and hail, which has not only forced several flight cancelations but also created perfidious conditions on the road.

It also resulted in the death of at least three people, which also included a 2-year-old toddler from Louisiana.

All flights were grounded most of Saturday in the Upper Midwest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as heavy snowfall made it difficult to clear the runway for takeoff, according to a report in US News and World Report.

Close to 470 flights were reportedly canceled before ground crew opened one runway. Even airports at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, remained closed for the second day straight. Reports also stated authorities closed several highways in Southwestern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service confirmed Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, could get up to 20 inches of snow (51 centimeters) by Sunday.

The Minnesota Twins home game against the Chicago White Sox was also snowed out Saturday, making it the first time there were back-to-back postponements of baseball games in the stadium's nine seasons.

"It's a cool experience for me, the best Minneapolis experience. 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,” Niko Heiligman, of Aachen, Germany, said.

The storm is suspected to continue through Sunday in Wisconsin and Michigan before moving into New York state and New England.


For the past few days, storms stretching from Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has distressed the central United States with heavy snow, tornadoes, rain and hail, which has not only forced several flight cancelations but also created perfidious conditions on the road.

It also resulted in the death of at least three people, which also included a 2-year-old toddler from Louisiana.

All flights were grounded most of Saturday in the Upper Midwest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as heavy snowfall made it difficult to clear the runway for takeoff, according to a report in US News and World Report.

Close to 470 flights were reportedly canceled before ground crew opened one runway. Even airports at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, remained closed for the second day straight. Reports also stated authorities closed several highways in Southwestern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service confirmed Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, could get up to 20 inches of snow (51 centimeters) by Sunday.

The Minnesota Twins home game against the Chicago White Sox was also snowed out Saturday, making it the first time there were back-to-back postponements of baseball games in the stadium's nine seasons.

"It's a cool experience for me, the best Minneapolis experience. 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,” Niko Heiligman, of Aachen, Germany, said.

The storm is suspected to continue through Sunday in Wisconsin and Michigan before moving into New York state and New England.

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