Win­try mix wal­lops mid-at­lantic

Wide­spread power out­ages re­ported; flights grounded

The Dallas Morning News - - News - By DENISE LAVOIE

A win­ter storm that con­trib­uted to at least five deaths in the Mid­west pum­meled the mid­at­lantic 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 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 to nearly 200,000 peo­ple in Vir­ginia and North Carolina at its height Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Pow­erou­

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

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­ported nearly a halfinch of ice in some sec­tions of west­ern North Carolina, lead­ing to fallen trees and power lines, but other ar­eas of the state got mostly cold rain or freez­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

Mean­while, the storm caused headaches for trav­el­ers into and out of air­ports in the re­gion, in­clud­ing more than 250 flight can­cel­la­tions Sun­day at the three main air­ports serv­ing the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. Wash­ing­ton’s Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port tweeted that the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion had im­ple­mented a ground stop there Sun­day evening, im­pact­ing both in­bound and out­bound flights.

By late Sun­day af­ter­noon, the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., metro area; north­ern Vir­ginia; and parts of Mary­land had to­tal snow­fall ac­cu­mu­la­tions rang­ing from five to eight inches. Cen­tral Vir­ginia, in­clud­ing Rich­mond, had much smaller ac­cu­mu­la­tions — as lit­tle as one inch — but the snow was fol­lowed by hours of sleet and freez­ing rain.

Marc Chenard, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Weather Pre­ dic­tion Cen­ter in Col­lege Park, Md., said parts of the re­gion could ex­pect snow to con­tinue fall­ing into Sun­day evening.

“At this point, it is just go­ing to head out to sea once it ex­its here this evening,” Chenard said.

Most pub­lic school sys­tems in north­ern Vir­ginia and Prince Ge­orge’s County schools in sub­ur­ban Mary­land said classes would be can­celed Mon­day.

Class can­cel­la­tions also are planned Mon­day in ar­eas of cen­tral Illi­nois hit by record snow­fall.

Spring­field’s State Jour­nalRegis­ter re­ported that the state cap­i­tal broke a 55­year record for daily snow­fall Satur­day. It cited the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice as say­ing the 8.4 inches of snow that day in Spring­field broke the pre­vi­ous record for a Jan. 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches. Some 11.5 inches of snow fell on Spring­field over three days.

Bren­dan Smialowski/agence France­presse

A man clears snow off a car in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. By late Sun­day af­ter­noon, the D.C. metro area had snow­fall ac­cu­mu­la­tions rang­ing from five to eight inches.

Skip Fore­man/the As­so­ci­ated Press

Work­ers at­tempt to re­move a tree af­ter it fell on a house in Win­ston­salem, N.C. An ice storm coated cen­tral North Carolina, leav­ing thou­sands with­out power.

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