02/22/2013 11:07 pm ET

Midwest Snow Storm Linked To At Least 4 Deaths

The treacherous snow storm blanketing much of the midwest has been linked to at least four deaths as of Friday evening. Three of the deaths are reportedly from traffic accidents caused by as much as 18 inches of snow in certain areas. The storm has hit Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, among others.

The weather has led to cancelled flights and closed schools. Local Kansas station News Channel 9 reports the fatalities include a 70-year-old Kansas woman who died when her car collided with a train. Witnesses told The Wichita Eagle that her car had begun to slide before the accident.

According to Newser, the other deaths were reported in Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa. A St. Paul driver was killed when his car slid into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle and a 12-year-old boy died in car accident on a highway northern Nebraska. A western Iowa woman was killed when she was run over by car, which had been stuck on her driveway.