Win­ter storm charges into East

Ice and snow com­bine into a travel mon­ster

USA TODAY US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - John Ba­con

AR­LING­TON, Va. – A bru­tal win­ter storm that dumped up to 20 inches of snow in the Mid­west last week roared east Sun­day, slam­ming some ar­eas with up to a half-inch of ice while par­a­lyz­ing the na­tion’s cap­i­tal with sev­eral inches of snow.

Three deaths were re­ported in Mis­souri, two in Kansas and one in Vir­ginia. More than 20 mil­lion peo­ple from Ohio to the East Coast re­mained un­der win­ter storm ad­vi­sories or warn­ings late Sun­day, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said.

In Wash­ing­ton, more than 5 inches

of snow fell in and around the city – and more was on the way. Ac­cuWeather’s Tyler Roys said a high-pres­sure sys­tem was keep­ing the snow from head­ing north and trap­ping it over the D.C. area. The to­tal could reach 8 inches be­fore the snow ends early Mon­day, he said.

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion or­dered a ground stop at Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Sun­day night.

In sub­ur­ban Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia, Aliya Ji­wani was bundling her two daugh­ters to play in the snow while wor­ry­ing about the fate of a Mon­day morn­ing flight to Chicago. “I tried to fly out dur­ing some snow last month – and it was a bit of a dis­as­ter,” she said. “So far my flight to­mor­row is on sched­ule, but if we get more snow, who knows?”

Her con­cerns were valid. Na­tion­wide, more than 600 flights had been can­celed and 913 de­layed Sun­day as of 11 a.m. ET, ac­cord­ing to flight-track­ing ser­vice FlightAware.

Sun­day’s trou­bles fol­lowed more than 460 can­cel­la­tions on Satur­day and about 300 on Fri­day. The storm can­celed and de­layed flights at air­ports from Colorado east for three days.

At Cincin­nati/North­ern Ken­tucky In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Delta Flight 1708 ar­rived Sun­day from Las Ve­gas and, after land­ing safely, slid off a taxi­way on its way to the ter­mi­nal, air­port of­fi­cials said. No in­juries were re­ported among the 126 pas­sen­gers and crew.

In North Carolina, ice was the prob­lem. Some ar­eas were hit with a halfinch of ice, which knocked down trees and power lines and made roads haz­ardous. Al­most 200,000 homes and busi­nesses were with­out power across the state at the peak of the out­ages. Re­pair crews were out, how­ever, and the num­ber was fall­ing later in the day.

“Thank you for your pa­tience,” Duke En­ergy spokes­woman Mered­ith Archie said. “We will con­tinue to work to get the power back on.”

Vir­ginia Gov. Ralph Northam had de­clared a state of emer­gency “to pre­pare and co­or­di­nate the Com­mon­wealth’s re­sponse” to the win­try blast.

Vir­ginia State Po­lice said one per­son was killed when a mil­i­tary sur­plus ve­hi­cle’s driver lost con­trol in slick road con­di­tions Satur­day night on In­ter­state 81 in Pu­laski County, lead­ing the ve­hi­cle to be struck by two trac­tor-trail­ers.

Ear­lier, up to 20 inches of snow fell in parts of Mis­souri. A woman and her 14- year-old step­daugh­ter died after their car slid into a semi­trailer in Clin­ton, about 80 miles south­east of Kansas City, the high­way pa­trol said.

An­other woman died when her car slid in north­ern Mis­souri and was hit by an on­com­ing SUV. In Kansas, a 62year-old man died after his pickup skid­ded into a con­crete bar­rier, the pa­trol said. And an­other crash in­volved two semi­trail­ers, killing a 41-year-old driver from Mex­ico.

St. Louis was blasted, forc­ing tem­po­rary clo­sure of sec­tions of In­ter­states 44, 64 and 70 around the city. Al­most 50,000 cus­tomers re­mained with­out power Sun­day in Mis­souri.

Snow cov­ered roads and high­ways across much of south­east­ern Ne­braska, Iowa, Illi­nois, In­di­ana, Ohio, Mis­souri and Kansas, adding to travel headaches.

Roys said the re­gion can look for­ward to a warmup by mid­week. But an­other storm was pos­si­ble at week’s end, and he said it’s pos­si­ble it could bring heavy snow.

“There are a lot of vari­ables,” Roys said. “We will have a bet­ter idea of what is com­ing where in a few days.”

ERIC BARADAT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

In Wash­ing­ton, more than 5 inches of snow coated the cap­i­tal and the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial.

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