Winter storm slams mid-Atlantic states after walloping Midwest

Geneva Stokes
January 14, 2019

"We will have full crews in all night, keeping an eye on that", Becker said at a press conference Saturday evening.

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

A winter storm that pounded Missouri moved eastward Saturday night and could drop up to a foot of snow on Washington and the mid-Atlantic region by the end of Sunday.

"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.

It is expected that the storm will bring three to six inches of snow to Washington DC and some areas in northern and central parts of Maryland on Sunday before reaching into the mid-Atlantic region. The storm that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in some areas of Missouri has also resulted in more than 2,000 calls for help and more than 175 crashes that left at least 40 people injured.

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. Half an inch of ice and 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted.

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

Customers have also reported outages in SC, according to Duke Energy (521) and the Electric Cooperatives of SC (236).

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"Trooper Lambert deliberately placed his vehicle in a position to protect the lives of the victims of the previous crash, and took on the danger himself", Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz said in a statement. In Columbia, Mo., an American Airlines flight slid off the runway, one Twitter user reported.

In Kansas City, where the Chiefs were hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 8 inches of snow had fallen by early afternoon.

In Indiana, the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 were closed for hours Saturday after a semitrailer-truck jackknifed along the snow-covered highway near Lafayette, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services warned if you lose or have lost power, to prevent deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, "never use a gas-powered generator or other fuel-burning appliance indoors or in the garage", McClatchy previously reported. But it cited progress Saturday as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists".

In a Saturday morning tweet, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson expressed concern and urged all residents to stay off the roads until conditions improved.

The storm caused a variety of cancellations and closings.

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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