Snow­storm ar­rives in D.C.

Thou­sands lose power as win­try con­di­tions bat­ter Mid­west

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - AP/ALEX BRAN­DON

Peo­ple sled Sun­day on Capi­tol Hill as a win­ter storm dumps sev­eral inches of snow on Wash­ing­ton. The storm ar­rived on the East Coast after pound­ing the Mid­west ear­lier in the week­end, caus­ing at least nine deaths. Con­di­tions in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal were ex­pected to worsen through the night.

At least nine peo­ple, in­clud­ing a state trooper who was re­spond­ing to a crash, have been killed amid a win­ter storm that has bat­tered the Mid­west and con­tin­ues to dump sev­eral inches of snow in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., metro area.

The storm that be­gan in parts of the Mid­west on Fri­day snarled traf­fic on high­ways with a deadly mix of sleet and slush, left thou­sands with­out power and can­celed dozens of flights.

Mis­souri took the brunt of the dam­age, log­ging more than 800 snow-re­lated crashes that in­jured 57 peo­ple and killed four, ac­cord­ing to the Mis­souri State High­way Pa­trol. Among those killed were a 53-year-old woman and a 14-year-old rel­a­tive. Au­thor­i­ties say the woman lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle she was driv­ing on a snow-cov­ered road in ru­ral Mis­souri on Fri­day and drifted into the path of an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle.

In a sub­urb of Chicago, Illi­nois State Po­lice Trooper Christo­pher Lambert was stand­ing out­side his pa­trol car Satur­day at the scene of a three-car crash when a driver struck him, au­thor­i­ties say. Lambert, a five-year vet­eran of the state po­lice who pre­vi­ously served in the Army, died later at a hos­pi­tal. State po­lice said ear­lier Satur­day that they have re­sponded to more than 200 snow-re­lated crashes, in­clud­ing one other fa­tal­ity.

“Trooper Lambert de­lib­er­ately placed his ve­hi­cle in a po­si­tion to pro­tect the lives of the vic­tims of the pre­vi­ous crash, and took on the dan­ger him­self,” Illi­nois State Po­lice Di­rec­tor Leo P. Sch­mitz said in a state­ment. “He will be re­mem­bered for his ded­i­ca­tion to the Illi­nois State Po­lice and for giv­ing the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice to pro­tect and serve the cit­i­zens of Illi­nois.”

Three storm-re­lated deaths have been re­ported in Kansas, in­clud­ing a crash in­volv­ing a 62-yearold man who lost con­trol of his ve­hi­cle along the Kansas Turn­pike. His ve­hi­cle ro­tated coun­ter­clock­wise be­fore crash­ing into a bar­rier wall, ac­cord­ing to the Kansas High­way Pa­trol.

The storm bar­reled through parts of the Mid­west on Fri­day night, with east­ern Kansas and western Mis­souri see­ing their high­est snow to­tals in sev­eral years, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. The storm dumped more than a foot of snow in sev­eral parts of Mis­souri and nearly 2 feet in one city.

In Columbia, Mo., Univer­sity of Mis­souri of­fi­cials shut down the cam­pus ahead of the storm Fri­day.

The Mid­west ap­peared to be out of the woods as of Sun­day af­ter­noon. But con­di­tions are ex­pected to worsen in the evening in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area, which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its first ma­jor snow­fall of 2019.

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.

Po­lice said Ron­ald W. Har­ris, 73, of Gainesville, Ga., died after his ve­hi­cle was struck by two trac­tor-trail­ers. The two trac­tor-trailer driv­ers were taken to a hos­pi­tal for in­juries that were not con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing. The state med­i­cal ex­am­iner de­ter­mined Sun­day that Har­ris’ death was storm-re­lated, po­lice said.

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 for nearly 200,000 peo­ple in Vir­ginia and North Carolina on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Pow­erOu­tage.us.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper de­clared a state of emer­gency Sun­day, seek­ing to help util­ity crews re­store elec­tric­ity more quickly after power lines fell due to freez­ing rain, ice and top­pled trees. Ar­eas of the state’s western moun­tains and foothills were hard­est-hit along with the western Pied­mont re­gion and nearly 1,000 state trans­porta­tion work­ers were called out to clear ice and snow.

The win­try mix was also caus­ing prob­lems at 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 5 to 8 inches. Cen­tral Vir­ginia, in­clud­ing Rich­mond, had much smaller ac­cu­mu­la­tions — as lit­tle as 1 inch — but the snow was fol­lowed by hours of sleet and freez­ing rain.

In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was con­trib­uted by Kris­tine Phillips of The Wash­ing­ton Post; and by staff mem­bers of The As­so­ci­ated Press.

AP/ALEX BRAN­DON

The White House is shown Sun­day as Wash­ing­ton re­ceives its first ma­jor snow­fall of 2019.

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