Powerful winter storm kills five

The death toll from a powerful winter storm is now at five after more poor weather was blamed in the deaths of three people on Monday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | DALLAS, Texas | March 21, 2006


The death toll from a powerful winter storm is now at five after more poor weather was blamed in the deaths of three people on Monday.

The first day of spring was a rough one for states like South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. After heavy snow and rain hit much of the central U.S. over the weekend, more snow was dumped on the Plains state Monday. Parts of South Dakota and Nebraska received two feet of snow. Kansas and Colorado also received excessive snowfall. Schools, business and roads in all four states were closed due to the weather.

Three more deaths were blamed on the day's winter weather, with slick conditions causing numerous traffic accidents.

Meanwhile, more rain fell in already drenched areas of North Texas.

Parts of the region received more than eight inches of rain over the weekend, prompting flash flooding that killed one person.

Authorities in Dallas recovered the body of a woman whose car was swept off a water covered road. Officials there also reported numerous water rescues as quick-rising floodwaters covered streets and threatened homes.

The National Weather Service reported rainfall totals ranging from two inches to eight inches spreading from Waco up to northern Dallas.

The same storm also wreaked havoc throughout the Southern U.S., spawning several isolated tornadoes in Oklahoma and powerful thunderstorms throughout Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.


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