Deadly snow­storm tar­gets US Mid­west, Europe

Iran Daily - - International -

A win­ter storm that dumped heavy snow on the US Mid­west, caus­ing at least five road­way deaths, strand­ing some mo­torists in Mis­souri and can­cel­ing dozens of flights, marched east to­ward Wash­ing­ton.

The weather sys­tem, which started as rain from Mex­ico but has since turned into snow, is fore­cast to af­fect a 1,800-mile (2,900-kilo­me­ter) swath of the United States from Colorado to the Mid-at­lantic, Reuters re­ported.

In Europe, three Ger­man skiers were killed in an avalanche in Aus­tria and a fourth is miss­ing, po­lice said Sun­day as snow­fall set in again in the north­ern Alps. The avalanche brings to at least 24 the num­ber of weather-re­lated deaths re­ported in parts of Europe this month, AP re­ported.

The storm hit Kansas and Mis­souri on Fri­day and pum­meled those states again on Satur­day as it ex­tended into parts of Iowa, Illi­nois, In­di­ana and Ohio, said US Weather Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter me­te­o­rol­o­gist An­drew Or­ri­son.

In Kansas City, snow dusted the field at Ar­row­head Sta­dium dur­ing Satur­day’s Na­tional Foot­ball League play­off game be­tween the home­town Chiefs and In­di­anapo­lis Colts.

“There’s snow time like Show­time,” the Chiefs said on Twit­ter, shar­ing video of the team’s quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes ar­riv­ing at the sta­dium in the snow.

The storm is leav­ing its heav­i­est snow­fall on ar­eas west of St. Louis, where about a foot and a half of snow was recorded, with still more fall­ing on Satur­day, Or­ri­son said.

At least five peo­ple died in weather-re­lated crashes on roads in Mis­souri and Kansas, ac­cord­ing to the high­way pa­trol­men in both states.

Dozens of flights were can­celed at St. Louis Lam­bert In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which de­scribed the on­slaught of snow on Twit­ter as one of its big­gest sin­gle-day win­ter storms in years.

“Given how cold it is across the Mid­west and even in the mid-at­lantic re­gion, cer­tainly peo­ple who are go­ing to be out are go­ing to want to dress in lay­ered cloth­ing,” Or­ri­son said.

Wash­ing­ton, where many fed­eral gov­ern­ment of­fices are closed due to the US gov­ern­ment shut­down, is ex­pected to re­ceive 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cen­time­ters) of snow from this storm, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Cen­tral and north­ern Vir­ginia will re­ceive even more, with up to 10 inches of snow pos­si­ble in some places. Bal­ti­more and parts of Mary­land are also brac­ing for a sim­i­lar amount.

Philadel­phia is ex­pected to re­ceive a few inches of snow, but ar­eas north of there are ex­pected to be spared, Or­ri­son added. On Satur­day, au­thor­i­ties in south­ern Ger­many and Aus­tria used a break in the weather to clear heavy loads of snow from roofs and roads.

But snow set in again on Satur­day night. In the Bavar­ian town of Kempten, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties closed 11 sports halls as a pre­cau­tion through Tues­day be­cause the weight of snow on their roofs was ex­pected to in­crease, the Ger­man news agency dpa re­ported. In cen­tral Switzer­land, trains car­ry­ing cars through the Furka tun­nel were sus­pended be­cause of an avalanche on a nearby road.

REUTERS

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