- There is a possibility that 6-12 inches of snow – and locally larger amounts – may accumulate.
- More than half of the flights in Washington, DC’s three major airports were either delayed or canceled Monday morning.
- Much of the storm was supposed to be over late Monday or Monday night.
A powerful winter storm that packed heavy snow moved across the South and Mid-Atlantic Seas on Monday, constricting traffic and causing five deaths, nearly 850,000 power outages and the shutdown of much of the federal government in Washington.
At the core of the storm’s heavy snow, there was a possibility that 6-12 inches and locally higher volumes could pile up when the storm blows down Monday, AccuWeather said. The large amount of snow would likely fall from parts of eastern Virginia to the east coast of Maryland, much of Delaware and southern New Jersey.
As of mid-afternoon Monday, there were several reports of at least 10 inches of snow in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina.Glendie, Virginia, about 50 miles southwest of Washington, DC, reported 14.6 inches.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the area until 4 p.m. EST Monday. Gusts of up to 35 mph were predicted and the journey was expected to be very difficult due to the dangerous conditions, the weather service said. That Weather forecast center said 2 inches of snow per hour could fall in some areas, and thunderstorms were reported in at least five states, the Weather Channel said.
Five deaths were reported due to the weather. A 7-year-old girl died after heavy snow caused a tree to fall on a home in Townsend, Tenn., About 30 miles southeast of Knoxville, WVLT reported.
Another child, a 5-year-old boy in Georgia, was killed after heavy rain and strong gusts of wind caused a tree to fall on a home near Atlanta in DeKalb County, according to CBS 46.
Three more people died when an SUV and snowplow collided in Montgomery County, Maryland, NBC reported.
The storm led to hundreds of car accidents and crashes, Virginia State Police reported 559 traffic accidents and 522 disabled or stuck vehicles throughout the country before kl. 12.30 local time. By 4 p.m., police had put over 2,000 cars in service.
In Washington, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that federal offices would be closed Monday. Several school districts in the region said they would be closed, delayed or have virtual learning. The heavy snowfall, combined with closures caused by the rise in COVID-19 cases, forced much of the country’s capital to shut down.
More than half of Washington’s three major airports were either delayed or canceled Monday morning. FlightAware said. A quarter of flights at New York’s three major airports were delayed or canceled.
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The storm produced gusts of wind, which contributed to power outages in parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Seas, Weather.com said. Nearly 850,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity in Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Carolina by Monday noon, according to poweroutage.us, but the power was slowly restored during the day with about 500,000 still without power from 6 p.m.
Monday night temperatures are expected to drop to 20s and teens across Virginia, It reported AccuWeather, where thousands of customers are still without power.
The expected National Weather Service the mid-Atlantic winter storm ends completely Monday night. But the low temperatures mean that all melted snow will quickly freeze on roads and sidewalks.
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Karla Rivas, who is from Miami but lives in Baltimore, experienced her first winter storm.
“I love it,” she said. “I feel like it’s great to have the seasons.”
A cold front associated with the storm will be the focus of scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Carolinas and into Florida on Monday. Harmful winds and a few tornadoes are the biggest concerns in this severe weather threat.
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The storm dumped snow on the plains, the Midwest and the inner northeastern area over the past few days. Gusts of up to 65 miles per hour could hit the region from Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Much of the storm should be over by late Monday or Monday night as the low-pressure system tracks out to sea, Weather.com said. Re-freezing melted snow Monday night can provide additional dangerous travel conditions.
Other parts of the country had a snowy start to the new year.
The western state of Washington and Oregon experienced a mix of rain and snow, while heavy snow, gusts of wind, drifting and crashing closed mountain passes and some highways. ThatNorthwest could see heavy rain and possible flooding along the coast on Tuesday as several rounds of heavy snow travel across the region during the week, It informs National Weather Service.
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