(AP) A powerful winter storm that brought blizzard warnings Friday across the Upper Midwest was blamed for at least three fatal crashes while flash flooding from rains in the South swept away cars and forced dozens of water rescues.
In northern New England, a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain added up to make for dangerous driving Friday for post-holiday travelers.
Much of the Dakotas and part of Minnesota were under a blizzard warning after many areas got a foot of snow or more Thursday.
A collision between a small bus and an SUV in Minnesota killed a 47-year-old woman on the bus and injured nine others Thursday. A second person died in central Minnesota after being struck on a road by a pickup with a plow blade.
In North Dakota, a pickup truck driver was killed Thursday on a snow-covered highway when visibility was reduced by blowing snow from a plow, according to the state highway patrol.
Another storm dumped up to 12 inches of rain in Louisiana and Mississippi, sweeping away cars and forcing some residents to be rescued from their homes before the rains moved into Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and western North Carolina on Friday.
The National Weather Service posted flash flood watches and warnings for much of the South from Louisiana into southwest Virginia.
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Patty Brennan and Matt Adamson wait to cross the street in the snow in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Motorists attempt to drive through flash flood waters on Providence Street in Hattiesburg, Miss. A storm system dumped up to 12 inches of rain in Louisiana and Mississippi, Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning.
Errol Behm uses a scarf to shield his face from the blow-back of snow caused by the gusty winds as he clears a sidewalk with a snow blower near Fourth Street in Bismarck, N.D. Forecasters posted a blizzard warning for parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota as a major winter storm delivered heavy snow and gusty winds to the region.
Morgan Edwards-Fligner and Gavin Hall cross country ski through the Arroyo del Oso golf course in Albuquerque as a severe winter storm hits New Mexico on Friday.
Motorists attempt to drive through flash flood waters in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Travelers from California could not make it up the hill near Central Avenue and Tramway Blvd. in Albuquerque. New Mexico saw a severe a winter storm arrive overnight causing travel problems especially for those heading eastbound on I-40.
The wind whips the light snow as a Bismarck, N.D., homeowner clears the snow from a driveway with a snow blower, before the city snow plows made a pass through the neighborhood.
High water encroaches on the Treasures From Heaven Ministry in Baton Rouge, La.
Tyler Winkka shovels the roof of the Fusion dance studio in Bemidji, Minn. Post-holiday travelers were finding driving difficult as a winter storm dumped heavy snow and whipped up gusty winds across parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Flood waters begin to approach a home near Highway 19 North in Meridian, Miss.
Pedestrians cross a slushy street in the rain in Montpelier, Vt. A winter storm brought snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain to northern New England, making for a dangerous and slippery commute.
A man runs as snow falls along the Missouri River in Omaha, Neb. A powerful winter storm that caused whiteout conditions and treacherous roads in parts of the Upper Midwest is blamed in at least three fatal accidents.
Rain water begins to pool alongside Hardy Street as drivers pass through Hattiesburg, Miss.
Matteo Perantoni spreads ice melt on the platform at the Montpelier-Berlin Amtrak train station in Berlin, Vt. A winter storm brought snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain to northern New England, making for a dangerous and slippery commute.
A stop sign is partially submerged in water from the flooded Okatibbee River near the Meridian Regional Airport in Meridian, Miss.
A culvert collapsed due to heavy rains on Tommy Butler Road in the Causeyville Whynot area of Lauderdale County, Miss.