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Storm brings more snow, ice to large part of Midwest

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Ice crystals cover glass in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Falling temperatures replaced the weekend's falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Snow and freezing rain has prompted officials to close the largest school districts in Nebraska and Iowa ahead of a winter storm that's threatening the Midwest with several inches of snow.

The storm comes on the heels of the snow, frigid air and strong winds that hit the Northeast, where thousands of Rhode Island residents were without heat on Tuesday, one of the coldest days so far this year.

The National Weather Service issued weather advisories and warnings Tuesday across a large swath of the Midwest, from Kansas to Michigan.

Fatal accidents involving vehicles sliding off icy roadways have been reported in Wisconsin, Kansas and Illinois, and more than 500 flights have been cancelled at Chicago's two major airports.

Forecasters estimate up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow in parts of Iowa and as many as 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) in Wisconsin, where several schools have also closed.

Garrett Ryder, 10, of Meriden, slides down an icy hill at Hubbard Park in Meriden, Conn., Monday Jan. 21, 2019. Utility crews braved bitterly cold temperatures and high winds Monday as they restored power to thousands of homes and businesses that had the lights knocked out during a weekend storm. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)
Marvin Hooks wears a face mask to protect him from the cold as he walks on North Street in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern U.S. Monday with falling temperatures replacing the weekend's falling snow. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
Garrett Ryder, 10, of Meriden, slides down an icy hill at Hubbard Park in Meriden, Conn., Monday Jan. 21, 2019. Utility crews braved bitterly cold temperatures and high winds Monday as they restored power to thousands of homes and businesses that had the lights knocked out during a weekend storm. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)
Garrett Ryder, 10, of Meriden, slides down an icy hill at Hubbard Park in Meriden, Conn., Monday Jan. 21, 2019. Utility crews braved bitterly cold temperatures and high winds Monday as they restored power to thousands of homes and businesses that had the lights knocked out during a weekend storm. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)
Marvin Hooks wears a face mask to protect him from the cold as he walks on North Street in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern U.S. Monday with falling temperatures replacing the weekend's falling snow. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
Marvin Hooks wears a face mask to protect him from the cold as he walks on North Street in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern U.S. Monday with falling temperatures replacing the weekend's falling snow. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
Ice crystals cover glass in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Falling temperatures replaced the weekend's falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Ice crystals cover glass in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Falling temperatures replaced the weekend's falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)