Snowstorm Churns Towards Washington, at Least Five Dead in U.S. Midwest

Snowstorm Churns Towards Washington, at Least Five Dead in U.S. Midwest

The National Weather Service reported almost a half-inch of ice in some sections of western North Carolina, leading to fallen trees and power lines but other areas of the state got mostly a cold rain or freezing precipitation that caused few problems The wintry mix did, however, cause problems at airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation's capital.

Baltimore is also in the path of these heavier bands of snowfall, with 4 to 6 inches of snow predicted for Sunday. "St. Louis is seeing its worst snowstorm in five years".

The weather system, which started as rain from Mexico but has since turned into snow, is forecast to affect an 2,900 km swath of the United States from Colorado to the Mid-Atlantic.

Winter storm warnings stretch from areas in Kansas to Rhode Island as Gia continues to drop snow across hundreds of miles.

Virginia State Police say a fatal crash on Interstate 81 occurred when a military surplus vehicle's driver lost control due to slick road conditions as a winter storm went through the region.

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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. Forecasters expect several inches of snow elsewhere in New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania before the storm ends.

The wintry mix was also causing problems at airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations at the three main airports serving the nation's capital. Parts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska all received more than 10 inches of snow.

"There could be a period of ice that we're concerned about across portions of central North Carolina and back into the mountains", he added.

There is a small chance the southern Appalachians will get enough freezing rain and sleet to bring an ice event Saturday into Sunday.

Cooper's office says almost 1,000 state Department of Transportation workers also are working to clear snow and ice.

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At least four people have died and scores were injured and stranded as a snowstorm pounded St. Louis and other parts of Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

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 (12-20 centimetres).

In a suburb of Chicago, Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Lambert was standing outside his patrol vehicle at the scene of a three-car crash when a driver struck him, authorities say.

On Saturday, Kansas and Missouri officials took to social media to ask residents to watch the weekend's football attraction - the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Indianapolis Colts - from home.

Illinois State Police said Allen Reinacher, 73, was killed in an accident on a snowy highway on Friday, KSDK-TV reported. As conditions improve, Saturday and Sunday, Benz said crews will come by again to clear the snow.

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