A storm packing the worst of both winter and spring hammered the Great Lakes and northern New England today after snarling traffic with more than 14 inches of snow in Minnesota and unleashing tornadoes in Michigan and Ohio.
The storm was blamed for three deaths and gusts were clocked at more than 60 m.p.h. in Michigan, where about 500 people fled wind-whipped Lake Erie floodwaters.
In northern New England, the threat of 6 to 10 inches of new snow prompted winter storm warnings for northern New Hampshire and western and northern Maine. Parts of Maine had six inches by late morning and schools closed in Bangor, Lewiston and Augusta, and heavy, slushy snow caused numerous fender benders in New Hampshire.
A winter storm warning also was posted today for Upper Michigan and northern Lower Michigan, with 10 to 18 inches of snow possible in Upper Michigan and near six inches in northern Lower Michigan.