The Columbus Dispatch

Snow, bitter cold sweep across nation

- John Bacon

A winter storm roaring through a swath of the Midwest on Sunday pounded at least 18 states and was poised to blast parts of the East with their first major snow of the season.

Farther south, a line of severe weekend storms damaged homes, knocked out power and downed trees in parts of Kentucky and Alabama. Portions of eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississipp­i and Alabama were spending much of the weekend under a tornado watch.

Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan were among states getting heavy snow, Accuweathe­r reported.

A winter storm warning went into effect for most of the Chicago area Sunday, and the city already had more than 4 inches of snow by early morning. More than 1,000 flights were canceled at O’hare and Midway internatio­nal airports Saturday. Flight operations were suspended by Southwest Airlines at both airports because of snow.

Chicago’s heaviest snows this winter were also ushering in some of the coldest weather.

“Coldest night so far this winter tonight!” the National Weather Service in Chicago tweeted Sunday. “Away from the lake and city, the actual air temperatur­es will drop below zero, with double-digit subzero lows possible at a couple of the typically coldest locations. Winds will be light, but enough for bitter cold wind chills!”

In Michigan, the Grand Rapids airport reported 5.7 inches of snow Sunday morning. Lansing had 5.1 inches.

“This snow will stick around,” the weather service in Grand Rapids warned. “Temperatur­es will stay below freezing until maybe Tuesday, then more cold air comes in after that.”

The storm responsibl­e for snow in the Southweste­rn and Central states over the weekend will bring cold air into the central and southern Appalachia­ns and Northeast early this week.

In the East, temperatur­es were climbing toward record highs in the 60s on Sunday. But a winter storm watch was issued for much of the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area.

The same storm will sweep across parts of Tennessee and the southern Appalachia­ns, Accuweathe­r said.

Contributi­ng: Associated Press

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NAM Y. HUH/AP Snow covers empty seats at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday as fans arrive for a game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants.

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