Snow, freez­ing rain pum­mel mid-At­lantic

The Capital - - NEWS -

RICH­MOND, Va. — A win­ter storm that con­trib­uted to at least five deaths in the Mid­west pum­meled the mid-At­lantic re­gion for a sec­ond day Sun­day, bring­ing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, can­celed 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 due to slick road con­di­tions.

Po­lice said Ron­ald W. Har­ris, 73, of Gainesville, Ga., died af­ter his ve­hi­cle was struck by two trac­tor­trail­ers. The two trac­tor­trailer driv­ers were taken to a lo­cal hospi­tal for in­juries that were not con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing. The state med­i­cal ex­am­iner was ex­pected to de­ter­mine later whether Har­ris’ death was storm-re­lated.

Vir­ginia State Po­lice said they re­sponded to more than 230 traf­fic crashes and helped more than 100 dis­abled ve­hi­cles in Vir­ginia from mid­night to noon Sun­day.

The storm knocked out power for nearly 200,000 peo­ple in Vir­ginia and North Carolina on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Pow­erOu­tage.us.

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.

The storm caused a va­ri­ety of can­cel­la­tions and clos­ings.

The Mary­land Zoo was closed to the pub­lic, with only es­sen­tial em­ploy­ees told to re­port to work. The Washington Met­ro­pol­i­tan Area Tran­sit Author­ity can­celed its planned track work for the week­end and re­opened three rail sta­tions due to the weather con­di­tions.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­ported close to a half-inch of ice in some sec­tions of west­ern North Carolina, lead­ing to fallen trees and power lines.

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