Win­try mix of snow, freez­ing rain pum­mels mid-At­lantic

The Herald Sun - - Nation & World -

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 be­cause of slick road con­di­tions.

Po­lice said Ron­ald W. Har­ris, 73, of Gainesville, Ge­or­gia, 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 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.

In Bal­ti­more, a man was fa­tally shot as he shov­eled snow early Sun­day morn­ing. Po­lice said a 43-yearold man was out­side shov­el­ing at 4:40 a.m. when an uniden­ti­fied sus­pect shot him in the shoul­der and head.

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. The re­main­der of the state re­ceived mostly a cold rain or freez­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion that caused few prob­lems.

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 had much smaller ac­cu­mu­la­tions, but the snow was fol­lowed by hours of sleet and freez­ing rain.

ALEX BRAN­DON AP

Peo­ple sled on Capi­tol Hill as a win­ter storm ar­rives in the mid-At­lantic on Sun­day in Wash­ing­ton.

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