US northern Midwest sees blizzards, tornadoes hit South

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(Reuters) -- A major storm system brought a mix of bad weather on Tuesday to much of the central United States, with a band of tornadoes downing trees in Alabama and Mississippi and heavy snow blanketing the northern Midwest.

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The National Weather Service said eight tornadoes had hit eastern Mississippi and another had struck western Alabama, with another two possible in the state. The Mississippi storms had blown roofs off, flipped mobile homes and downed trees, it said.

Emergency officials in Alabama's Pickens and Fayette counties said the tornadoes had downed trees and power lines, with some structures damaged.

"At this point there are no major injuries or fatalities, which is a blessing," said Pickens County Engineer Sky Hallmon.

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US northern Midwest sees blizzards, tornadoes hit South
Tornado damage on campus at EMCC in Scooba. Cottage has been flipped and turned on its side. Picture via @dbernd15. https://t.co/adYwpbOZPN
Monster wedge #tornado passed within .25 miles in McMullen, AL. @TheTXWXchaser @StormChaseTV https://t.co/fINXBh1ESF
LARGE WEDGE TORNADO just SW of Carrollton, AL. Extremely dangerous situation is unfolding!!! Pic: @WBRCnews https://t.co/BF330VdVHW
Most intense tornado I have ever witnessed occurred in Pickens co this PM! @WBRCnews @WBRCweather @NWSBirmingham https://t.co/Qu1UbMxo7R
Damage near McMullen from tornado. @WBRCnews #alwx @NWSBirmingham https://t.co/RcwJLUvifJ
Huge violent tornado in McMullen, Alabama - 2/2/2016 https://t.co/G84K1uMoIj
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The National Weather Service said more tornadoes were possible in Alabama through the evening. Tornado watches were in effect for central Tennessee and central Kentucky, which means conditions exist for a possible tornado.

Winter storm and blizzard warnings were in place from the central Rocky Mountains to northern Michigan, the NWS said. Northern Wisconsin and Michigan are forecast to receive the highest amounts, with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have declared a snow emergency, with parking restrictions, while state government offices in several counties of southeast South Dakota closed early on Tuesday due to snow and high winds.

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Street lights are illuminated as a jogger runs around Lake Harriet, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Minneapolis a heavy snow storm. Parts of the Midwest including southern Minnesota experienced blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
As a storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Colorado persists, a city of Denver plow clears westbound lanes of Sixth Avenue Parkway Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Denver. The storm, which is heading to the plains and Upper Midwest, has left large amounts of snow in its wake and forced school and business closures along its path. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
As a storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Colorado persists, motorists wait at a road block along Interstate 70 Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Aurora, Colo. The storm, which is heading to the plains and Upper Midwest, has left large amounts of snow in its wake and forced school and business closures along its path. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
As a storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Colorado persists, a road closed sign blocks motorists from entering an eastbound ramp to Interstate 70 Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Aurora, Colo. The storm, which is heading to the plains and Upper Midwest, has left large amounts of snow in its wake and forced school and business closures along its path. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
As a howling storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Colorado persists, eastbound motorists are stopped at a road block along Interstate 70 Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Aurora, Colo. The storm, which is heading to the plains and Upper Midwest, has left large amounts of snow in its wake and forced school and business closures along its path. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Anastasiya Calkins walks through snow covered trees at Belmar Park in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. Snow continues to fall in the area. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: People try to push a car that got stuck along Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. Snow continues to fall in the area. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A plow removes snow during severe weather at Denver International Airport, in Colorado, early Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A powerful winter storm has shut down highways in eastern Colorado, closed many schools and slowed down traffic at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Eric Serrano, left, and Art Tellez puts on chains on their garbage truck, February, 02, 2016. The two garbage men were sliding all over the road when they decided to chain up for the rest of their route in Lakewood. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as Rob Smith clears his driveway outside his home in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as morning traffic makes its way along 6th Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as morning traffic makes its way along 6th Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - February 02: Icicles form on a porch awning near Colorado Blvd and Cornell Ave during a heavy snowstorm February 02, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - February 02: Exhausted from shoveling sidewalks, Tre Schlegel, 5, left, and his father Jon, make snow angels in their front yard near Warren Ave and Madison St. during a heavy snowstorm February 02, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Stormy weather has affected U.S. air travel, with 2,419 flight delays and 721 cancellations, with airports in Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver hit the hardest, according to the FlightAware website.

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