April 11, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 85

Spring storm crawls eastward, dumps snow, rain

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A chilly spring storm was making its way eastward Wednesday after heavy snow and freezing rain prompted hundreds of flight cancellations, stranded motorists and knocked out power to thousands in several Western states.

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Books dry out on the floor of the Calvin T. Ryan Library on campus, in Kearney, Neb., Tuesday. The library was closed for repairs and to allow the books to dry following damage from a large spring storm.

Officials in South Dakota warned residents to prepare for the worst by staying home and keeping off roads as the system moved through the eastern part of the state.

“We need to hunker down,” Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether said Tuesday. “This one is going to last a while.”

The storm crawled eastward Tuesday night from Colorado and Wyoming, with...