Spring Storms Sweep Across Midwest

High water kept roads closed in Missouri and flood warnings in effect in Ohio yesterday as more rain followed severe thunderstorms and flash floods that killed at least four people. To the west, up to 6 inches of snow were forecast in the western Plains.

In Ohio, 2 to 3 inches of rain caused flash flooding that washed out bridges and covered roads. Flooding was forecast for many creeks and rivers, particularly in the southern part of the state, as the rain resumed Monday, the weather service said. Schools were closed in some areas.

The situation was similar in southern Indiana, where up to 3 inches of rain fell. Some roads in Jennings County were covered with 1 to 2 feet of standing water, Jennings County Sheriff's Officer Josh Day said.

Kansas was battered by thunderstorms and snow on Sunday, the day after tornadoes damaged homes in the southern part of the state. Four inches of snow were reported in the northwest, while up to 3 inches of rain fell in eastern parts of the state.

In Nebraska, snow falling yesterday was expected to total as much as 6 inches in some areas. The storm came as many ranchers neared the end of the calving season.

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