Storm's toll growing as more flights canceled

CHICAGO (AP) - A powerful winter storm is dumping heavy snow across the upper Midwest, closing major highways in several states and canceling more than 1,600 flights in Chicago. The heavy snow collapsed the roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium.

At least four weather-related deaths have been reported as the storm system dropped nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of Minnesota and moved east. The National Weather Service says blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of eastern Iowa, southeastern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois and northern Michigan.

No one was hurt when the inflatable top of the Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsed but the Minnesota Vikings' game against the New York Giants has been moved to Detroit's Ford Field on Monday.

Minneapolis resident Jay Brecke says it is hard work to clear out the snow.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Eckert says the Northeast U.S. is in store for some wet weather.

Andrew Gantman, resident, Plymouth, Minnesota

Plymouth, Minnesota resident Andrew Gantman shoveled as snow still fell Saturday.

Snow covers the face and beard of Alvin Von Haden Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 as he clears a sidewalk in downtown Eau Claire, Wis. A major winter storm over the weekend dumped 22 inches of snow on the city, with similar totals in other Midwestern locations.

Parker Wray works on clearing the parking lot of the Nashville Christian Church in Nashville, Ind. for a Sunday evening program. The snowfall Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, was not heavy, but much more than predicted by weather forecasters.

Kevin Eastvold of Mason City, Iowa, pushes through the snow at the end of his driveway with a snowblower on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Winter storms passed over North Iowa over the weekend, dumping several inches of snow over the region and causing numerous accidents.

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