Dallas– A destructive storm marched across the United States, spawning tornadoes that landed in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, where two deaths were reported, and it brought blizzard-like conditions to the Great Plains and threatened worse weather in the south on Wednesday.
A young boy was found dead in the Pecan Farms area of Keithville, Louisiana, where his home was destroyed Tuesday after a tornado struck about 10 miles from Shreveport, and his mother’s body was found under debris nearby , the Caddo Parish Sheriff said the office early Wednesday.
First responders searched the area, but no one else was reported missing, the sheriff’s office said.
According to video and eyewitness reports, five tornadoes were confirmed across north Texas Tuesday afternoon, but a dozen may have occurred, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas, reported.
Dozens of homes and businesses were damaged by the thunderstorm line and several people were injured in the suburbs and counties north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. More than 1,000 flights to and from airports have been delayed and over 100 have been canceled, according to FlightAware.
The threat of severe weather continued through Wednesday for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Snowstorm warnings stretched from Montana to western Nebraska and Colorado, and the National Weather Service said up to 24 inches of snow were possible in some areas of western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska. Winds exceeding 50 mph at times make it impossible to see outdoors in Nebraska, officials said.
“There’s essentially no one on the road right now,” said Justin McCallum, manager of the Flying J truck stop in Ogallala, Nebraska.
Forecasters expect the storm system to hobble the upper Midwest with days of ice, rain, and snow and advance into the Northeast and central Appalachian Mountains. Residents from West Virginia to Vermont have been told to watch for a possible significant mix of snow, ice and sleet, and the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Wednesday night through Friday afternoon, depending on the timing of the storm.
The boy found dead in Louisiana was about 5 of 6 years old, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said. Another injury was reported after an adult man was transported to a local hospital. The extent of the injuries was unknown.
“It’s really a sad, sad situation,” Prator said.
In Grapevine, a Dallas suburb, police spokeswoman Amanda McNew reported five confirmed injuries on Tuesday.
A possible tornado swept away the roof of the city’s service center — a city facility — leaving portions of the roof hanging from power lines, said Trent Kelley, deputy director of Grapevine Parks and Recreation.
It was also trash day, so the storm picked up and scattered trash everywhere, he said.
Photos sent by the city showed downed power lines on rain-soaked streets, as well as fallen trees, damaged buildings and a semi-trailer that appeared to have been thrown around in a parking lot.
In Colorado, all roads in the state’s northeast quadrant have been closed. The storm in the ranching region could also endanger livestock. Extreme winds can drive cattle through fences if it follows the direction of the storm, said Jim Santomaso, a representative from the Northeast for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
“If this continues,” Santomaso said, “the cattle could drift for miles.”
A snowstorm warning has been issued on Minnesota’s North Shore as up to 24 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour are expected in some areas. And in the south of the state, wind gusts of up to 80 km/h had restricted visibility.
Twin Cities meteorologist for the National Weather Service Melissa Dye said it was a “long-term event” with snow, ice and rain into Friday night. Minnesota expected a quiet Wednesday followed by a second round of snow.
The same weather system has dumped heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada and western United States for the past few days.
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