- A state trooper’s car was run over by a tractor-trailer in Kansas.
- Missouri State Police have received multiple reports of stranded motorists and abandoned vehicles.
- The ice jams raised concerns about flooding.
A winter storm packing snow, ice and high winds rumbled through rush-hour traffic in parts of the Plains and the Midwest Thursday morning, caused hundreds of flight cancellations and closed schools in some areas .
By late morning, Kansas City had picked up 9.3 inches of snow from the winter storm, named Miles by The Weather Channel. Snow fell there at a rate of about 1 to 2 inches per hour and was accompanied by thunder and lightning.
The Wichita, Kansas area had seen up to 4.5 inches of snow with snowdrifts 12 to 18 inches high by early afternoon. Schools there were closed on Thursday.
(FORECAST: Miles of winter storm spread snow, ice and strong winds across the Plains, Midwest and Northeast)
The Missouri Highway Patrol had received several reports of stranded motorists and abandoned cars on highways 29, 35 and 70.
The ice jams caused flash flooding in parts of Ohio, including Erie County and the city of Vermilion, about 35 miles west of Cleveland. The National Weather Service said several high waters and fast moving waters rescues were underway in Vermilion around noon EST.
Ice jams are piles of ice that obstruct the flow of streams, rivers, or other waterways. When they give way, the water trapped behind them can rush and cause flooding.
Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed at major airports in the storm’s path, including St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City and Denver.
The warm side of the storm can bring severe weather, tornadoes, and flooding to parts of the south, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.
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