Storm pun­ishes swath of U.S. with snow, ice and freez­ing rain

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - DENISE lavoie The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

Char­lie riedel/ ap

A per­son walks past snow-cov­ered trees in Loose Park in Kansas City, Mo., on Sun­day.

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