Massive Late-Winter Storm Cripples Midwest with Ice and Snow; East Coast Braces for Impact


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Another round of blistering snow and ice is taking aim at the East Coast, forcing winter-weary residents to brace for a storm that is slamming the Midwest.

In the latest blast of a harsh winter, forecasters said a layer of ice and 8 to 12 inches of snow was possible by the end of Monday in Washington and the Mid-Atlantic region, while 6 to 8 inches of snow was predicted across parts of southern Pennsylvania. Nearly a foot of snow was expected in parts of New Jersey.

According to, a late-winter storm will leave up to 5 inches of snow and sleet in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, before hitting Washington, D.C. with up to 6 inches of snow. New York City will reportedly get between 1 and 3 inches of the white stuff.

Ice accumulation is likely Sunday in Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia, and the threat will spread into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Sunday afternoon and night, the report said.

The snow will reportedly linger in the Northeast Corridor much of the day Monday, before ending at night.

“I’m over it,” said Yasmon Hanks, 24, of Hampton, Va., echoing thoughts of many who’ve been cooped up inside this winter. Hanks visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall Sunday with her husband, Lynwood, and two young children. She was happy to be able to get outside, she said, because “I thought it was going to be way worse.”

The National Weather Service’s forecast is a mixed bag. Parts of northern Arkansas could see up to 2 inches of sleet, while St. Louis could see several inches of snow. Western Tennessee and much of Kentucky will see a combination of ice and snow.

The eastern West Virginia panhandle could get up to a foot of snow. That sent residents on a hunt for food, water and supplies.

A round of wintry precipitation moved across much of the nation Sunday, bringing a mix of freezing rain and heavy snow to central and eastern states. Authorities warned of possible power outages and flight disruptions from weather that could affect millions.

Nearly 1,600 flights in the United States were canceled and another 1,515 delayed Sunday afternoon, according to flight tracking site The bulk of the problems were in Dallas, Chicago and Newark, N.J. Another 1,115 flights for Monday were also already canceled. There are more than 30,000 U.S. flights on a typical day.

A suspension bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Kentucky was also closed Sunday because of ice covering its hard-to-treat metal grid deck.

This same system inundated California with rain and played a role in Saturday’s massive pileup on Interstate 25 in Denver. Four hikers were also rescued overnight in California after they became trapped by rising floodwaters in Malibu Creek State Park. Authorities were warning of mudslides and swollen creeks and drainage channels.

Swirling snow came down in waves during the outdoor finale of the NHL Stadium Series as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in Chicago Saturday night.

The snow danced around the upper deck before eventually descending to the temporary ice rink in the middle of Soldier Field.

The snow was heavy for most of the first period, and then died down at the start of the second before picking up in intensity again. The small ice crew tried its best to keep up, but it was fighting an impossible battle, and inches of snow piled up on the surface between breaks in the action.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.