Storm punishes swath of U.S. with snow, ice and freezing rain
A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummelled the mid-atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents.
Virginia State Police said the driver of a military surplus vehicle was killed late Saturday after he lost control on Interstate 81 because of slick road conditions.
Virginia State Police said they responded to more than 300 traffic crashes and helped nearly 200 disabled vehicles in Virginia from midnight to late Sunday afternoon.
The storm knocked out power to nearly 200,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina at its height Sunday, according to Poweroutage. us.
In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Sunday to help utility crews restore electricity more quickly after power lines fell because of freezing rain, ice and toppled trees.
The National Weather Service reported nearly a halfinch of ice in some sections of western North Carolina, leading to fallen trees and power lines but other areas of the state got mostly a cold rain or freezing precipitation.
Meanwhile, the storm caused headaches for travellers into and out of airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation’s capital.
By late Sunday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. metro area, northern Virginia and parts of Maryland had total snowfall accumulations ranging from 12 to 20 centimetres. Central Virginia, including Richmond, had much smaller accumulations — as little as 2.5 centimetres— but the snow was followed by hours of sleet and freezing rain.
Meanwhile, Illinois was trying to dig out from under heavy snowfall in some areas.
A person walks past snow-covered trees in Loose Park in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday.