Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain

Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain

Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain

"To the south, freezing rain is expected into Sunday near and east of the central and southern Appalachians, where up to a quarter of an inch of ice could accrete, with locally higher amounts possible", the NWS's Weather Prediction Center said. Four to eight inches of snow is expected to accumulate in the nation's capital and surrounding areas, with up to one foot in some places.

Washington, where many federal government offices are closed due to the USA 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 shovelled snow early on Sunday morning.

Topeka resident Bradley S. Horton, 62, died after crashing into a barrier while driving in the snow in Kansas on Friday, KSNT reported.

The winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 a.m. Monday.

The NWS is advising those in Washington, DC, Central Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Eastern West Virginia to stay indoors. Forecasters expect several inches of snow elsewhere in New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania before the storm ends. Sleet, snow and ice are making traveling conditions hazardous if not impossible.

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.

Customers have also reported outages in SC, according to Duke Energy (521) and the Electric Cooperatives of SC (236). It cited the National Weather Service as saying the 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of snow that day in Springfield broke the previous record for a January 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches (16.7 centimeters).

The storm also prompted many airlines to cancel flights at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Troopers in Missouri responded to almost 4,000 calls for service and rescued 1,790 stranded motorists, as of Saturday afternoon.

Duke Energy tweeted that "trees and ice-laden branches on lines. are the main cause of. outages in this storm".

Kyle Haraugh, of NFL Films, clears snow from a camera location at Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL divisional football playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019.

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

Snow is forecast for the Appalachian Mountains and the Mid-Atlantic on Saturday evening and Sunday.

At least three fatalities in Missouri are a result of weather-related crashes, local state police tweeted Friday night. But it cited progress Saturday morning as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists".

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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