Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes

Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes

Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes

After a winter storm rolled through the Carolinas on Saturday night and Sunday morning, more than 130,000 customers reported power outages, according to information shared by energy providers. But conditions are expected to worsen in the evening in the Washington, DC, area, which is experiencing its first major snowfall of 2019.

Washington, where many federal government offices are closed due to the US government shutdown, is expected to receive 6 to 8 inches of snow from this storm, according to the National Weather Service.

In Baltimore, a man was fatally shot as he shoveled snow early Sunday morning.

Over a foot of snow has fallen across areas of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado since Friday.

"Winter Storm Warnings issued by the National Weather Service remain in effect through this evening for much of the mountains and northwestern piedmont", according to Cooper's news release. Philadelphia is predicted to get 1 to 2 inches of snow, and there is a possibility of light accumulation in NY along the storm's northern edge.

More than 119,000 Duke Energy customers were without power Sunday afternoon, with 118,534 of them located in North Carolina, according to the utility's Winter Storm Update map.

Some areas of N.C. received a half inch of ice accumulation, the NWS reported.

There is a small chance the southern Appalachians will get enough freezing rain and sleet to bring an ice event Saturday into Sunday. The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on already-high rivers.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote in a tweet on Saturday that it has responded to 3,918 calls for service, 1,790 stranded motorists, 878 crashes, and 57 injuries.

Police said Ronald W. Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, died after his vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers. Auto accidents resulting from icy, snow-covered roads were already being reported on Saturday evening.

"PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL", authorities warned Saturday on Twitter.

Springfield's State Journal-Register reports the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday.

The DOT tweeted early in the afternoon that all the eastbound lanes of I-44 had been cleared.

Officials across the region urged travelers to stay off the roads, warning of delays up to eight hours.

Washington was forecast to receive nearly a half foot of snow, forcing airlines to cancel over one hundred flights leaving Reagan National Airport on Sunday morning. Airports in Indianapolis and Kansas City, Missouri, also saw above-average cancellations as the storm tracked across the nation's midsection.

The University of Missouri men's basketball game Saturday at the University of SC was moved to Sunday because of weather-related travel problems, the team tweeted.

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