Snow, ice and freezing rain will strike states from Texas to
New England through Tuesday, promising icy roads, power outages and
general unpleasantness for much of the country.
will begin early Sunday in West Virginia, move through the mid-Atlantic
states and head for New York by Monday morning, the National Weather
Service forecast. Freezing rain and sleet will follow from Tennessee
into North and South Carolina before heading up the East Coast.
poor weather in travel hubs including New York, Washington and
Philadelphia are likely to cause flight delays that could ripple across
the country and snarl traffic through the Monday morning commute.
going to see a whole mix of precipitation, anywhere from snow at the
onset across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and down to D.C., to sleet and
freezing rain in the Shenandoah Valley," says AccuWeather meteorologist
The newest round of wintry glop and gloom
follows a freeze in Texas and the southern states on Friday that killed
at least four people, caused massive traffic back-ups in the Lone Star
State, disrupted thousands of flights and knocked out power to hundreds
The treacherous conditions across much of the
country dampened holiday festivities, too. In Carbondale, Ill., city
officials rescheduled the annual Lights Fantastic Parade. In
Nashville, organizers canceled the Christmas parade. Even St. Cloud,
Minn., accustomed to frightful winter weather, called off its Santa Fun
Run and Winter Nights and Lights Parade "due to dangerously cold
temperatures" that were expected to dip below 0 degrees by late
In Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, officials
began warning residents of a major ice storm likely to take shape
Sunday, resulting in power outages and hazards on the roads. The
forecast predicts one to two inches of snow, followed by freezing rain
into Monday morning.
"Both Washington and New York City should see
their first inch or two of snow of the season Sunday," AccuWeather
meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
National Weather Service meteorologists in southwest Virginia warned of a "significant winter storm."
said more than a half-inch of ice buildup expected on I-81, western
Virginia and central Maryland's main highway, could imperil travel.
in Arkansas and parts of Texas remained below freezing Saturday, with
another round of snow and freezing rain expected for Arkansas, southeast
Oklahoma and north-central Texas into Sunday morning, the National
Weather Service said. Snow there should end by midday, but freezing
temperatures will remain in northern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas and
northern New Mexico, the weather service said.
made it through the worst of it," Keli Cain, spokeswoman for the
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said Saturday. The state
opened shelters in southern Oklahoma after the storm toppled trees and
knocked out power.
An ice storm hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area especially hard Friday, causing traffic accidents, power outages and airport delays.
on one highway near Denton County backed up for more than 10 hours
overnight and the Texas Highway Patrol responded to more than 350
weather-related accidents, the Texas Department of Emergency Management
said in a situation report Saturday. Police in Arlington, about 20 miles
west of Dallas, reported one driver was killed when his car slammed
into a truck. More than 139,000 people remained without power Saturday.
Airlines cancelled more than 500 flights at the Dallas-Fort Worth
airport, leaving more than 4,000 travelers stranded overnight.
storm dumped a foot of snow and more in some areas of Illinois, with
police scrambling to respond to dozens of accidents and forced scores of
schools to remain closed.