At Least 9 Killed as Storms Dump Snow, Ice Across US

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    A tanker truck throws icy road spray on Interstate 66 in Manassas, Virginia outside of Washington December 8, 2013. A frigid winter storm that left hundreds of thousands of people without power in the southeastern United States was pushing up the east coast on Sunday, with snow and ice threatening to snarl road travel and force another round of airline cancellations.
By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor
December 9, 2013|5:26 am

Snowy and icy storms ripped through the southern and northeastern parts of the nation over the weekend, killing at least nine people and forcing the cancellation of thousands of flights. Another round of wintry weather is expected to slam Texas to New England through Tuesday.

Parts of north Texas received 4 inches of sleet and ice, making commuting difficult. In the state's Dallas area, three storm-related deaths were reported over the weekend, according to Reuters.

Schools in the Dallas area are expected to remain closed Monday, even as over 35,000 customers in North Texas were without power. More than 400 flights were cancelled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday.

Car crashes were witnessed across southeast Wisconsin's highways, according to Journal Sentinel. At least 60 crashes were reported in Racine County, and 53 in Milwaukee County on Sunday. The accidents led to at least three deaths.

The storm also slammed Arkansas and Tennessee with ice and snow, leading to three deaths in related accidents.

The system dropped between 6 and 12 inches of snow across the Northeast, from northern West Virginia to Philadelphia and east into New Jersey, according to Reuters.

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The system also covered the Washington, D.C., metro area with snow. Baltimore's M&T Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens played the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, was also covered with snow.

Even California had about 4 inches of snow in the city of Auburn.

In Kansas, 6 inches of snow was reported in the state's northcentral parts, according to The Washington Post.

Missouri witnessed a light dusting of snow in southern parts, which had already received 6 to 12 inches of snow earlier in the week.

A three-mile section of Interstate 80 near northwest Lincoln in Nebraska was closed after several accidents were reported Sunday morning due to nearly 6 inches of snow in the area.

In Arizona, about 300 vehicles were stranded overnight Saturday to Sunday on Interstate 15 after the northwestern area received heavy snow.

About 7,000 people in Tennessee were without power on Sunday.

Flightaware.com tracked the cancellation of over 2,500 flights across the nation on Sunday, even as delays were reported in Newark, New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia airports.

The National Weather Service said another round of wintry weather is expected on Monday morning. The greatest area of concern is in central Virginia to southeast New York, it said. Some locations may see up to a quarter of an inch of ice before temperatures rise late Monday morning and the storm system departs, it warned.

"Cold conditions are expected from the Intermountain West into the Northern Plains as an upper level trough remains steadfast over the region," it added. "Temperatures across the large section of the West and Northern Plains should struggle to rise to 20F through Tuesday, before high temperatures moderate towards 30F Wednesday as the flow becomes more westerly in the wake of a fairly strong upper level disturbance."

 

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