THE SOUTH: Residents in south-central Mississippi tried to salvage what they could Thursday from the rubble left by an overnight storm that injured 28 and flattened dozens of homes and businesses. Across the state, 43 structures were destroyed and another 146 were damaged by at least five tornadoes shortly after midnight. Power blackouts affected tens of thousands in Louisiana. There were no immediate reports of deaths.
THE ROCKIES: A major snowstorm dumped at least a foot of snow across the Colorado-Wyoming state line on Thursday, canceling hundreds of flights, shutting down schools and making roads treacherous. Authorities reported at least nine people were treated for injuries from three pileups involving about 50 vehicles on Interstate 25. Forecasters predicted up to 2 feet of snow south and east of Denver by today.
NORTH DAKOTA: Fargo moved to the brink of potentially disastrous flooding Thursday, with earlier optimism fading as officials predicted the Red River would reach a record crest of 43 feet by the weekend. Thousands of volunteers scrambled to add more sandbags to Fargo's dike protection as officials planned evacuations. Meanwhile, the threat in the state capital of Bismarck receded after explosives destroyed an ice jam Wednesday and the Missouri River south of the city fell by 2 ½ feet.