At least eleven people are now known to have died after a winter storm hit the centre of the United States. The severe weather has caused hundreds of accidents, and reached as far south as Texas, where there was a 50-vehicle motorway pile-up, one of many across the country.
“The weather’s getting really nasty out here and it’s hard to see and they’re talking about white-out conditions further up the road. It’s safer to stop than keep going,” said one Texan driver
In Minnesota alone over the weekend, there were more than 300 accidents and three deaths. The storm has also felled trees and power lines, cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses.
Freezing rain, heavy snow and strong winds also struck parts of Wisconsin and Michigan as the storm headed north across the Great Lakes.
The hazardous conditions have caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights across the country, leaving thousands of people stranded.
People have been advised not to travel if they can avoid it.