Snowstorm takes aim at Plains, Midwest

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – An early spring snowstorm is creating havoc in part of the nation’s midsection dumping more than a foot of snow in some places. It has also forced the cancellation of more than 100 flights at Denver International Airport and closed several roads.

The snow started falling around midnight in northeast Colorado and then moved into northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska.

As the system moves eastward, it threatens to inconvenience fans attending the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Kansas City. But Dan Gavitt, vice president of the NCAA men’s basketball championships, says teams and officials already are onsite and that no game delays are anticipated.

The heaviest snowfall was expected overnight.

There are winter storm warnings for northern Kansas and Missouri, and the system will move into Illinois and Indiana overnight and into Sunday.

Farther south, tornadoes are possible in Louisiana and Mississippi, while strong winds and low humidity could lead to forest fires and wildfires in parts of New Mexico and west Texas.

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