By The Associated Press
Yet another winter storm dropped more heavy snow on the Midwest on Tuesday, while the East Coast braced for a treacherous morning rush with the next front expected to arrive there overnight. Schools canceled classes, businesses and government offices closed, and authorities warned of hazardous roads and power outages amid the most recent onslaught of snow, ice and bitter temperatures.
Here's a state-by-state look at the latest effects of the weather:
Officials at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville canceled classes Tuesday, citing icy roads. It was one of several college campuses that closed for at least part of the day.
Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas at Conway and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith also gave students the day off.
Connecticut's governor and legislative leaders delayed the start of the annual session of the General Assembly because of the winter weather.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that legislative leaders agreed to delay the planned Wednesday opening to Thursday. The joint session will begin at noon Thursday when Malloy delivers his State of the State Address.
Authorities were suspecting that poor road conditions may have contributed to a vehicle collision in Des Moines that killed one person.
Police say the crash was reported at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 5 on the city's south side. A pickup truck was traveling westbound when it began sliding sideways and crossed the median. It then struck another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene. The pickup driver was brought in for questioning.
Schools dismissed early across Indiana ahead of a winter storm forecast to bring as much as 10 inches of snow to the northern half of the state and icing in the south.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis closed Tuesday at 2 p.m. and wasn't due to reopen until 5 p.m. Wednesday. IU Southeast in New Albany also closed at 2 p.m., and several Ivy Tech Community College campuses announced early closings.
With as much as a foot expected in the state capital of Topeka, lawmakers postponed legislative work and state departments urged workers to stay home. Classes were canceled throughout the state, but the heaviest snowfalls were anticipated in a wide swath from Hutchinson in central Kansas to Topeka in northeast Kansas. By early morning, 3 to 4 inches were already on the ground there.
Gov. Sam Brownback hopped aboard a Kansas Department of Transportation snowplow Tuesday afternoon to observe snow removal on Interstate 70 west of Topeka.
Frozen precipitation prompted early shutdowns by businesses around Kentucky.
Kentucky's largest school system, Jefferson County Public Schools, along with Hancock County Schools near Owensboro ordered students dismissed two hours early. Fort Knox schools and the military installation planned to open two hours late on Wednesday.
Although up to 6 inches were possible in parts of the state, the National Weather Service says Michigan was likely to avoid the worst of the storm. It could create problems for motorists Wednesday morning, though, with southeast Michigan — including Detroit — getting as much as 3 to 5 inches of accumulation.
Kansas City International Airport canceled nearly 50 departing and 40 arriving flights as much of the northern part of Missouri braced for 8 to 11 inches of snow.
The University of Missouri-Columbia was among the schools that closed, calling off classes a day before Tuesday's snowfall arrived. And Missouri education officials postponed a St. Louis public hearing to get public input on proposals to improve unaccredited school districts.
A truck carrying ethanol slid off Interstate 29 in St. Joseph about 4 a.m. Tuesday, prompting the closure of both southbound lanes for nearly three hours. The driver was not injured.