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Winter weather: Heavy storm system that has already killed 2 trains heading east of the US



And the storm system is not finished yet, as it is forecasted that it will bring heavy rain to the east on Friday.

In some isolated areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, where flood emergencies occurred, over 11 inches of rain have already fallen overnight Thursday through Friday morning. Over 50 million people are still under flood and flood surveillance from New Jersey to Louisiana.

The snow across the northern lowlands and the upper midwest will expire on Friday mornings, but blizzard warnings remain due to gusts of up to 55 miles per hour until 7 pm. In addition, the snowstorm limits visibility.

The storm system is causing big headaches for holidaymakers going to the New Year's weekend.

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"This storm system has always been two threats ̵

1; one for blizzard conditions and one for bad weather," said CNN meteorologist Gene Norman.

11 inches of rain in parts of the South

According to the National Weather Service office in Slidell, Louisiana, eleven inches of rain have fallen in areas of Washington Parish, Louisiana, and Walthall County, Mississippi.

NWS meteorologist Bob Wagner told CNN that the weather system has stalled in this case, small area for the last five or six hours.

"There is still rain on the coast of Louisiana, which could last for another three to six hours," Wagner said. He said he had heard reports about water rescue, but fortunately the area was sparsely populated.

A 58-year-old woman in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, died on Wednesday after a fall on her camper trailer, US President of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards told CNN affiliate WDSU.

The coastal areas of Texas were surrounded by injuries inflicted during the flight on Thursday and canceled a football match a day earlier in Greater Dallas.

"Our city has come to a complete standstill" in the Midwest

In addition, whiteout conditions in parts of the Midwest have led to several roadblocks and general travel problems.

Kansas State Highway Patrol reported a weather-related death on Interstate 70 near Oakley. The accident involved a commercial vehicle and a passenger car, said Trooper Tod Hileman.

About 1 million people were on Blizzard warnings Thursday in parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakotas, said CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett.

"Snow with strong winds and poor visibility makes driving in this area dangerous, if not impossible, sometimes," said Garrett.

The storm system was expected to drop 6 to 12 inches of snow in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakota, Norman said.

In Kansas, blizzard conditions on Interstate 70 closed a 75-mile stretch from Colby to WaKeeney, as well as roads from the west of Garden City to the line of the state of Colorado. Blizzard conditions in the northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest are expected to end early Friday morning.

Streets in parts of central and northern Minnesota are covered with ice and snow. The Minnesota Ministry of Transport urged drivers to wait for better conditions when traveling is not required.

In South Dakota, snow and mixed rainfall will deteriorate when heavy snow and wind are combined. In Nebraska, there are whiteout conditions and crashes forced the closure of Interstate 80 between Lexington and North Platte.

Sharon Kay Oelkers shot a video of snow that dazzled her town of Elwood in Nebraska Thursday morning.

"Our city is completely idle," Oelkers told CNN. "I work in a local grocery store and even we are closed and we never closed."

CNN's Dave Alsup, Marlena Baldacci, Haley Brink, Gisela Crespo, Justin Gamble, Eric Levenson, and Paul P. Murphy all contributed to this report.


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