A storm system that spawned dozens of reported tornadoes from Texas to Florida killed at least three people in Louisiana, where many homes were destroyed.
Heavy snowfall and strong winds meant more snowstorms in the northern Midwest from the Dakotas to Michigan, and more ice and snow. They caused trouble from Appalachia to New England.
It can take days for the U.S. Weather Service to confirm whether the destructive winds were in fact tornadoes, but the impact was clear in places like Caddo Parish, Louisiana, where a man went out shopping and returned to find his mobile home was missing. and, with her, his wife and son.
The body of 8-year-old Nikolus Little was found in the woods. The body of his mother, Yoshiko A. Smith, 30, was later discovered under the rubble.
In Union Parish, near the Arkansas border, a gym was busy with volunteers and survivors going through clothing donations. Farmerville Mayor John Crow said an apartment complex where 50 families lived was badly damaged. A mobile home park with about 10 homes was swept away and about 30 homes were damaged along Lake D’Arbonne.
Possible tornadoes also struck parts of New Orleans and neighboring regions. A woman was found dead and eight people were hospitalized with injuries in St. Charles Parish after a suspected tornado struck the Killona community along the Mississippi River.
In Mississippi, a suspected tornado destroyed four poultry farms, Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said. Mobile homes in a park in Sharkey County were vandalized.
Some 10,000 homes were without power in Louisiana and more than 100,000 in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.