CHICAGO — The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest (all times local):
A storm system that’s brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains is being blamed for a Nebraska traffic crash that left four people dead along with fatal crashes in Kansas and Minnesota.
The accidents happened as a storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states.
In eastern Nebraska, authorities blamed speed and slippery pavement for a Tuesday morning collision between a pickup truck and semitrailer that killed four people on Interstate 80. Police say the three men and one woman killed were from Colorado. Roads were snowy and icy.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 38-year-old woman died and two other people were injured late Monday in a collision on an icy highway.
In Minnesota, state police say winter weather has contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents.
A storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states with risks of flooding, freezing rain and snow is causing fatal accidents and forcing schools to close.
The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories Tuesday for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas.
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.
Schools in Missouri and Wisconsin cancelled classes or delayed start times Tuesday. High water closed roads in Michigan.
This story has been corrected to reflect that Nebraska is not under a winter weather advisory.