5 dead, dozens of flights can­celled in Mid­west

Khaleej Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

kansas — A win­ter storm that dumped heavy snow on the US Mid­west, caus­ing at least five road­way deaths, strand­ing some mo­torists in Mis­souri and can­celling 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 a 2,900km 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 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. — ber­lin — Three Ger­man skiers have been killed in an avalanche in Aus­tria and a fourth is still miss­ing, po­lice said on Sun­day as snow­fall set in again in the north­ern Alps. In France, two ski pa­trollers were killed when the de­vices they use to trig­ger avalanches ex­ploded.

The two ac­ci­dents brought to at least 26 the num­ber of weather-re­lated deaths re­ported in parts of Europe this month.

In Aus­tria, the wife of one of the Ger­man skiers re­ported them miss­ing on Satur­day. The bod­ies of the men, aged 57, 36 and 32, were re­cov­ered later Satur­day evening near the ski re­sort of Lech. Po­lice in Vo­rarl­berg, Aus­tria’s west­ern­most prov­ince, said they had to call off the search for an­other miss­ing Ger­man skier in the group, age 28, be­cause of heavy snow and the risk of avalanches.

Po­lice said the four friends had ap­par­ently skied onto a trail that was closed. Although they had avalanche pro­tec­tion equip­ment and de­ployed airbags, the vic­tims were buried by the avalanche and suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries. They were lo­cated with the help of cell­phone track­ing. —

AFP

A worker spreads salt on a side­walk as snow con­tin­ues to fall in Wash­ing­ton. —

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