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Several Midwestern states are digging out from a spring snowstorm, while the South braces for weekend thunderstorms that could bring tornadoes.

Snow plows clear Interstate 29 on Thursday, April 11, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
Snow plows clear Interstate 29 on Thursday, April 11, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)

Strong winds and snow lingered Friday in parts of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, a day after a spring storm buried parts of the states and created dangerous travel conditions.

The National Weather Service says strong winds and hail are now expected in the South. Forecasters say tornadoes are also possible Saturday in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and eastern Texas, and then Sunday in Georgia.

The weather service’s office in Birmingham, Alabama, is advising church pastors to watch the weather during Sunday services, warning that large rooms like sanctuaries and auditoriums aren’t safe during severe weather.

David Heinold walks his dog Max through the snow Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
David Heinold walks his dog Max through the snow Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)

National Weather Service forecaster Greg Gust says a low pressure system in the southwest U.S. created two separate “chunks of energy.” He says one hit the Midwest and other will hit the South in a “one-two punch.”

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Miguel Leiva shovels his driveway along N. Racine Street during a spring snow storm Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Appleton, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)
Miguel Leiva shovels his driveway along N. Racine Street during a spring snow storm Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Appleton, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)

Strong winds and more snow are expected in the Midwest after a spring storm buried several states in snow and created dangerous travel conditions.

The storm lingered Friday in parts of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, but the system is expected to weaken as it moves north. Several snow-packed highways remain closed in Nebraska, and forecasters say unseasonably low temperatures will linger through the weekend.

Thursday’s blizzard was the second “bomb cyclone” storm system to hit the region in a month. It closed highways, knocked out power to tens of thousands of people and left behind 25 inches of snow (63.5 centimeters) in northeast South Dakota.

Icicles hang from a light Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
Icicles hang from a light Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem closed government offices in most of the state for a third straight day Friday. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency in much of his state, where the Minnesota State Patrol has responded to more than 500 crashes since Wednesday.

A tree has fallen to the ground from ice and wind Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Browndale, Minn. A powerful spring snow storm is creating hazardous travel conditions in parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. (Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)
A tree has fallen to the ground from ice and wind Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Browndale, Minn. A powerful spring snow storm is creating hazardous travel conditions in parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. (Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services journeyman lineman Nick Rolfing, left, and working foreman Russ Nelson, right, change a ground operating switch to direct power to the City of Brownsdale from a different substation Thursday, April 11, 2019, just south of Browndale, Minn. (Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services journeyman lineman Nick Rolfing, left, and working foreman Russ Nelson, right, change a ground operating switch to direct power to the City of Brownsdale from a different substation Thursday, April 11, 2019, just south of Browndale, Minn. (Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)
A row of power line poles are snapped from ice and wind along Hwy. 56 south of Interstate 90 on Thursday, April 11, 2019, near Browndale, Minn. (Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)
A row of power line poles are snapped from ice and wind along Hwy. 56 south of Interstate 90 on Thursday, April 11, 2019, near Browndale, Minn. (Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)
North Dakota State University student Adam Wiczek, of Andover, Minn., rakes leaves outside the Alpha Gamme Rho fraternity Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the start of a blizzard in Fargo, N. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)
North Dakota State University student Adam Wiczek, of Andover, Minn., rakes leaves outside the Alpha Gamme Rho fraternity Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the start of a blizzard in Fargo, N. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)
Tree branches lie on the ground Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
Tree branches lie on the ground Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
Ginny Klein, a city letter carrier assistant, delivers mail in windy sleeting conditions during a spring snow storm Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Oshkosh, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)
Ginny Klein, a city letter carrier assistant, delivers mail in windy sleeting conditions during a spring snow storm Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Oshkosh, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)
Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U.S. on Thursday, creating hazardous travel conditions. (April 11)
Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U.S. on Thursday, creating hazardous travel conditions. (April 11)

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