A wild, record-breaking spring storm is finally winding down in the Northeast on Monday after leaving a trail of destruction from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast.
The storm dumped more than two feet of snow on Wisconsin, spawned at least a dozen tornadoes in the South and Southeast and flooded several subway stations in New York City.
Torrential rain battered the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Monday, causing flash floods and road closures for the morning commute. More than three inches of rain fell in parts of the Washington area when a strong squall line pushed through just after midnight.
Later in the morning, the heaviest rain targeted the New York City area, where subway stations flooded and streets were filled with standing water.
In Chicago, the Cubs vs. Cardinals game that was slated for Monday evening was postponed due to the cold.
In Toronto, the Blue Jays’ Twitter account boasted (with a cheeky wink) that the game against the Kansas City Royals was definitely going to be played as scheduled because Toronto’s stadium has a roof. A few hours later, that tweet was deleted, and the Blue Jays confirmed that snow and ice had damaged the roof and that the game might not be played as scheduled after all.
On Sunday, the storm targeted the Southeast with severe thunderstorms. Eleven tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service, which was conducting surveys Monday. One of those tornadoes plowed through Greensboro, N.C., and destroyed an elementary school, along with several other buildings in the area.
After seeing the damage, the Weather Service in Raleigh rated the tornado an EF-2 with winds up to 130 mph and a width of up to 300 yards. They noted the area around Hampton Elementary School was the most damaged.
Before the severe weather in the Southeast, the same storm dumped more than two feet of snow in the Upper Midwest. Officials in Minneapolis closed schools Monday after receiving eight to 12 inches of snow over the weekend. Officials said side streets were still unplowed and bus drivers would have a hard time seeing children over the tall snow banks, the AP reported.
The snow was even deep enough in Green Bay to delay the start of the Packers’ offseason program because the players couldn’t make it in. Widespread totals of 24 to 30 inches of snow fell around Green Bay and neighboring counties.
The storm broke significant records in four Wisconsin cities this weekend, according to the Weather Service, which called it a historic late-season storm:
Three people died as a result of the weekend storm, according to the Associated Press. Rollo Ward, 61, of Idaho Falls was killed Friday when he lost control of the tractor trailer he was driving and crashed into another truck that was stopped and stranded in the blizzard. A 30-year-old woman from Poynette, Wis., was killed when she lost control of her minivan early Saturday morning. Daniel Harris, 52, died of heart failure while shoveling snow at his girlfriend’s apartment complex in Milwaukee on Sunday, the AP reported.