Powerful spring snow storm roars across US midsection

MILWAUKEE, April 14 (Reuters) - A powerful spring storm swept across the U.S. Midwest and Plains on Saturday, bringing heavy snow and high winds that halted travel and disrupted power supplies following tornadoes that injured four people in the south of the country. South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas were bearing the brunt of the storm with blizzard-like conditions, heavy snow falls and gusts of 50 miles (80 km) per hour expected through Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

"Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel," it said.

Ice and snow covered roadways across the region, forcing several interstate highways to remain closed early on Saturday.

The storm was expected to dump almost a foot of snow in northern Wisconsin and Michigan and cause wind gusts of 65 miles per hour (105 km) and unseasonably cold temperatures in Texas, the NWS said.

It could break April snowfall records in parts of the northern Midwest, Weather.com said.

The system was also forecast to create a mix of snow and ice that is likely to topple power lines and trees, causing power outages in the upper Midwest.

On Friday, the system produced 10 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, the weather service said. Four people were injured and 160 buildings damaged in a possible tornado in northwest Arkansas, local media reported.

About 115,000 customers in the Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas while an additional 12,000 were without power in Michigan early on Saturday, the website Poweroutage.us reported. (Editing by Helen Popper)

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NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A construction worker carries a stop sign in the snow near the Brooklyn Bridge Park and I-278, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A man walk a dog in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A lone man walks in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A woman carries an umbrella in the snow as she crosses Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A woman crosses the street in the snow during the morning rush hour at Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to sleet and rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A worker adjusts the awning to protect fruits and vegetables sitting outside at his produce store on Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Blooming flowers are seen covered in snow on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: A dog walks down a snow covered sidewalk on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: Equipment from a local news television station sits in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Easter eggs hang from a snow covered tree on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
A woman shovels snow from a walkway at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, U.S., April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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