Hundreds of flights have been canceled and roadways are treacherous in several Midwestern states.
The storms have been moving into the Northeast and New England and extended out of the Gulf Coast into the Midwest. Blizzard conditions also forced the airport in South Dakota's biggest city, Sioux Falls, to remain closed for a second straight day.
From Sunday afternoon, 1,689 flights had been canceled out or into of US airports, so the website flightaware.com reported, " including 134 flights at or outside of the Minneapolis-St. National Weather Service meteorologist Jake Beitlich said a storm this large is not unprecedented for April in the Midwest, but this one is particularly powerful.
Up to 46 centimetres of snow feel in parts of northern Wisconsin, with another 36cm expected by Sunday evening (Monday NZT).
Authorities closed several highways in southwestern Minnesota, where no travel was advised, and driving conditions were hard across the southern half of the state. The heavy snow caused part of a roof to collapse over a pool at a hotel in Ashwaubenon, which is next to Green Bay.
The weather service also warned of potential coastal flooding along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and IL, where Chicago residents were warned that waves could reach as high as 18 feet. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour will likely make travel hazardous.
Delta Airlines flight attendant Victoria Flees trudges through the snow with her bags in downtown Minneapolis after her flight to Paris was grounded along with all other planes at the city's airport. Snow fell in various parts of the state, including 46cm in Huron. A potent spring storm system that's expected to persist through the weekend raked across the Midwest.
In Michigan, where snowfall was expected to reach 18 inches (46 cm) in some areas, about 325,000 homes and businesses were without power, a lot of them in the southeast of the state.
The storms murdered a 1-year-old lady exactly where she slept when a tree fell on a vehicle, the sheriffrsquo;s office at Bossier Parish, Louisiana, said. A Wisconsin woman was killed when she lost control of her minivan on slick roads and veered into an oncoming SUV.
"It's a cool experience for me, the best Minneapolis experience", Niko Heiligman, of Aachen, Germany, said as he braved the snow Saturday to take a walk along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. An Idaho truck driver died when his semitrailer struck a semi in western Nebraska that had been stranded on a highway by the bad weather. Four people were injured and 160 buildings damaged in a possible tornado in northwest Arkansas, local media reported. Powerful winds also damaged several buildings at the University of Central Arkansas, though no injuries were reported there. In Austin, fire officials said strong winds helped spread the flames after lightning struck and badly damaged two houses.