MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sunny conditions on Monday helped road crews deal with the
remnants of a blustery snowstorm that blacked out thousands of homes and
businesses and was blamed for at least 22 traffic deaths in the upper Midwest.
Sgt. Michael Melgaard of the Wisconsin State Patrol in Eau Claire said driving
conditions improved substantially for holiday travelers starting in the late
"The roads were clear for the most part and traffic was moving at normal
speeds," he said Monday afternoon. "It seemed like there was a lot of steady
holiday traffic, but its starting to wane now as people are getting to their
But in Michigan, crashes on icy roads in the Detroit area Monday evening caused
multiple injuries and shut down sections of three interstate highways, radio
station WWJAM reported.
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The weekendlong blast of ice and windblown snow led to multicar pileups that
closed sections of several major highways on the Plains.
Adding to the death toll, authorities say a woman died in Maple Valley Township,
Mich., about 60 miles north of Detroit, after she lost control of her truck and
it rolled into a ditch filled with water. The woman was trapped in the
overturned truck, said police who discovered the wreck Monday morning.
The storm rolled through Colorado and Wyoming on Friday, then spread snow and
ice on Saturday from the Texas Panhandle to Wisconsin. On Sunday, snow fell
across much of Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota and parts of Michigan and
Up to 15 inches of snow fell over the weekend on parts of Michigans Upper
Peninsula, which typically gets heavy snow, and freezing drizzle glazed some
highways Monday morning in counties along Lake Michigan.
The storm system had blown out to sea Monday morning, but in its wake wind
blowing at 25 mph picked up moisture from Lake Erie to create lakeeffect snow
in Buffalo Five to 10 inches of snow was possible there and in other parts of
western New York by Tuesday morning, the weather service said.
In Chicago, some 250 travelers stayed overnight Sunday at OHare International
Airport after 300 flights were canceled because of high winds. The airport set
up cots for travelers, and flights were running smoothly Monday, airport
spokesman Gregg Cunningham said.
The freezing rain, ice, gusty wind and heavy snow over the weekend knocked out
power to than 421,000 homes and businesses in Michigan and Illinois, as well as
thousands in Wisconsin. Only 6,000 customers were still without power in
Michigan Monday evening, while scattered outages remained in Illinois, utility
In addition to the Michigan fatality, accidents on highways slippery with snow
and ice killed at least eight people in Minnesota, three in Indiana, three in
Wyoming, five in Wisconsin and one each in Texas and Kansas.
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