DISASTERS

The Latest: Hail, snow, tornado reported in Midwest

  • James Bradley shows a piece of hail left from a storm that smashed out his apartment's windows Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Plano, Texas. An early spring hailstorm in North Texas has broken windows in some homes and vehicles. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    James Bradley shows a piece of hail left from a storm that smashed out his apartment's windows Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Plano, Texas. An early spring hailstorm in North Texas has broken windows in some homes and vehicles. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by Glynnis O'Connell, passengers move about in the main terminal of Denver International Airport on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, as a spring storm, packing high winds and wet, heavy snow, forced officials to shut down the airport. The storm has wreaked havoc for travelers in the intermountain West, closing roads and even schools as the storm rumbles through on to the plains. (Glynnis O'Connell via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this photo provided by Glynnis O'Connell, passengers move about in the main terminal of Denver International Airport on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, as a spring storm, packing high winds and wet, heavy snow, forced officials to shut down the airport. The storm has wreaked havoc for travelers in the intermountain West, closing roads and even schools as the storm rumbles through on to the plains. (Glynnis O'Connell via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Two men walk in the snow in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday, March 23, 2016. A powerful spring blizzard stranded travelers at Denver's airport and shut down hundreds of miles of highway in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska as it spread into the Midwest on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Two men walk in the snow in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday, March 23, 2016. A powerful spring blizzard stranded travelers at Denver's airport and shut down hundreds of miles of highway in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska as it spread into the Midwest on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the spring blizzard that hit the Plains and Midwest (all times local):

12:45 a.m.

Severe weather including hail and at least one tornado have been reported in the Midwest as other areas dig out of a spring blizzard that shut down the Denver airport and closed hundreds of miles of roads.

Storms swept through northwest Arkansas late Wednesday, damaging or destroying several homes and severely injuring two people.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down on the southeast side of Lake Charles in Louisiana, damaging a home.

Elsewhere, a hailstorm broke windows in northern Texas, and snow fell in Minnesota. Forecasters predicted another 1 to 4 inches of snow across most of Wisconsin on Thursday.

Denver International Airport reopened Wednesday evening, but by then most of the day's flights had been canceled. Travelers trying to fly out Thursday faced long lines during the already busy spring break travel week.

___

8:10 a.m.

Travelers trying to fly out of Denver are facing long lines a day after a spring blizzard shut down the airport.

The number of stranded travelers during an already busy spring break travel week made for long waits at airline check-in counters and security on Thursday.

The storm also brought heavy and blowing snow to parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Up to a foot of snow fell in the southern Twin Cities.

It is still snowing in Michigan, where high winds prompted Mackinac Bridge officials to require that some bigger vehicles cross under escort.

The snow shut down long stretches of Interstates 25, 70 and 80 in Wyoming and Colorado on Wednesday but they are back open except for portions of I-70 in eastern Colorado.