Snow­storm tar­gets Wash­ing­ton, five dead in Mid­west

Kuwait Times - - International -

WASH­ING­TON: 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 on Satur­day. The weather sys­tem, which started as rain from Mex­ico but has since turned into snow, is fore­cast to af­fect an 1,800-mile swath of the United States from Colorado to the Mid-At­lantic.

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 U.S. 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 Gen­eral Saleh Tamah was wounded on Thurs­day in a strike on a mil­i­tary pa­rade in Al-Anad air base, in gov­ern­ment-held Lahij prov­ince some 60 kilo­me­ters north of Ye­men’s sec­ond city Aden. Med­i­cal sources told AFP that Tamah un­der­went sev­eral surg­eries in a hos­pi­tal in Aden but died Sun­day morn­ing.

At least seven loy­al­ists — in­clud­ing Tamah — were killed and 11 in­jured in Thurs­day’s in­ci­dent, which threat­ens to ham­per United Na­tions-led peace ef­forts. Among those in­jured were Ye­men’s deputy chief of staff Saleh Al-Zan­dani, se­nior army com­man­der Fadel Hasan and Lahij gover­nor Ah­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Turki. Turki and Zan­dani were trans­ported to Saudi Ara­bia for treat­ment, a Ye­meni of­fi­cial told AFP. The UN voiced alarm on Fri­day fol­low­ing the at­tack and urged “all par­ties to the con­flict to ex­er­cise re­straint and re­frain from fur­ther es­ca­la­tion”.

At talks in Swe­den last month, the UN bro­kered sev­eral agree­ments be­tween the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed gov­ern­ment seen as the best chance of end­ing nearly four years of dev­as­tat­ing con­flict. The war­ring sides agreed on truce deals for the key rebel-held aid port of Hodeida and bat­tle­ground third city Taez. The UN is work­ing to sched­ule a new round of con­sul­ta­tions, pos­si­bly in Kuwait, aimed at draft­ing a po­lit­i­cal frame­work.

The war be­tween the Huthis and loy­al­ist troops es­ca­lated in March 2015, when Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Man­sour Hadi fled into Saudi ex­ile and a Saudi-led mil­i­tary coali­tion in­ter­vened. Since then, the con­flict has killed nearly 10,000 peo­ple and un­leashed the world’s worst hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis, ac­cord­ing to the UN. UN aid of­fi­cials say 80 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion — 24 mil­lion peo­ple — are in need of aid and nearly 10 mil­lion are just one step away from famine. —AFP

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. “I think it’s safe to say that ev­ery road is bad in Kansas right now!” Trooper Tod Hile­man, a spokesman for the Kansas High­way Pa­trol, said on Twit­ter on Satur­day.

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. Snow is fore­cast for the Ap­palachian Moun­tains and the Mid-At­lantic on Satur­day evening and Sun­day. “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 U.S. gov­ern­ment shut­down, is ex­pected to re­ceive 6 to 8 inches 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. —Reuters

An im­age grab taken from a video ob­tained by AFPTV shows a wounded Ye­meni soldier be­ing car­ried by com­rades after a drone ex­ploded above Ye­men’s al-Anad air­base in the gov­ern­ment-held south­ern prov­ince of Lahj. —AFP

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