Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain

Winter_Weather_67675 A snow family is seen on Capitol Hill as a winter storm arrives in the region, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Winter_Weather_93737 Snow blankets a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square with the White House behind, as a winter storm arrives in the region, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Winter_Weather_95378 Gus, a Golden Doodle, left, chases Chico, a Portuguese Water Dog, as they play in the snow along Glover-Archbold Trail in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. A winter storm brought snow to the Mid-Atlantic region, where forecasters upped their predicted weekend accumulations and transportation and emergency officials urged residents to stay off the roads. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Winter_Weather_72589 An American flag waves in front of the U.S. Capitol Dome as a winter storm arrives in the region Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Winter_Weather_97165 Two children go over a ramp as they sled on Capitol Hill as a winter storm arrives in the region, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Winter_Weather_34968 Becket Dyer, from Campbell, Calif., uses a blow up unicorn as a sled on Capitol Hill as a winter storm arrives in the region, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Winter_Weather_94964 Jeremy Binstock gives his niece Olivia Binstock, 4, a sled ride as he hangs onto his dog Bagel, on Capitol Hill as a winter storm arrives in the region, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Winter_Weather_57641 People sled on Capitol Hill as a winter storm arrives in the region, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Winter_Weather_Nebraska_93809 Isabella Orsini jumps into her sled as she plays in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. A massive winter snowstorm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Winter_Weather_Nebraska_03776 Traffic moves along Pacific Street near its intersection with 189th Street as snow falls in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. A massive winter snowstorm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Winter_Weather_39356 Morgan Miller carries her one-year-old daughter Mia Jennings in one arm as she shovels the stairs to her Springfield home with the other Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Miller said she's learned how to do a lot of things while holding a baby in the last year. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)
Winter_Weather_Nebraska_22930 Sam Person clears snow in Papillion, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. A massive winter snowstorm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous. (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Winter_Weather_95529 Snow covers the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. A winter storm brought snow to the Mid-Atlantic region, where forecasters upped their predicted weekend accumulations and transportation and emergency officials urged residents to stay off the roads. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Winter_Weather_Indiana_90993 Noah Shober makes a snow angel outside of his house in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. A massive winter snowstorm making its way across the Midwest and into the Mid-Atlantic region blanketed most of Missouri and several other states. The storm moved east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous. (Austen Leake/The Tribune-Star via AP)
Winter_Weather_Illinois_31299 Commuter trains are parked at the LaSalle Street station under a heavy snow fall in downtown Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday and covers northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana including Lee, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage and Cook counties. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Winter_Weather_Illinois_47403 A man clears snow from sidewalk in downtown Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday and covers northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana including Lee, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage and Cook counties. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents.

Virginia State Police said the driver of a military surplus vehicle was killed late Saturday after he lost control on Interstate 81 because of slick road conditions.

Police said Ronald W. Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, died after his vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers. The two tractor-trailer drivers were taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. The state medical examiner determined Sunday that Harris’ death was storm-related, police said.

Virginia State Police said they responded to more than 300 traffic crashes and helped nearly 200 disabled vehicles in Virginia from midnight to late Sunday afternoon.

The storm knocked out power to nearly 200,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina at its height Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Sunday to help utility crews restore electricity more quickly after power lines fell because of freezing rain, ice and toppled trees. The state’s western mountains and foothills were hardest-hit along with the western Piedmont region and nearly 1,000 state transportation workers were called out to clear ice and snow.

The National Weather Service reported nearly a half-inch of ice in some sections of western North Carolina, leading to fallen trees and power lines but other areas of the state got mostly a cold rain or freezing precipitation.

Meanwhile, the storm caused headaches for travelers into and out of airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation’s capital. Washington’s Dulles International Airport tweeted that the Federal Aviation Administration had implemented a ground stop there on Sunday evening, impacting both inbound and outbound flights.

For air travelers, the Dulles airport authority subsequently tweeted tips for flying on a snow day, including frequently checking for airline flight changes and packing “patience, a good dose of snow humor & a packet of hot chocolate.”

By late Sunday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. metro area, northern Virginia and parts of Maryland had total snowfall accumulations ranging from five to eight inches (12-20 centimeters). Central Virginia, including Richmond, had much smaller accumulations — as little as one inch (2.5 centimeters)— but the snow was followed by hours of sleet and freezing rain.

Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said parts of the region could expect snow to continue falling into Sunday evening.

“At this point, it is just going to head out to sea once it exits here this evening,” Chenard said.

Most public school systems in northern Virginia and Prince George’s County schools in suburban Maryland said classes would be cancelled Monday.

The storm also was affected parts of Maryland. In Baltimore, a man was fatally shot as he shoveled snow early Sunday morning. Police said a 43-year-old man was outside shoveling at 4:40 a.m. when an unidentified suspect shot him in the head and shoulder. The victim died at a hospital.

Meanwhile, Illinois was trying to dig out from under heavy snowfall in some areas.

Springfield’s State Journal-Register reports the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday. It cited the National Weather Service as saying the 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of snow that day in Springfield broke the previous record for a Jan. 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches (16.7 centimeters). Some 11.5 inches (29 centimeters) of snow fell on Springfield over three days.

Among those killed in the Midwest during the storm was an Illinois state trooper struck by a car when he responded to a three-vehicle crash Saturday in suburban Chicago.

State Police Director Leo Schmitz told reporters that 34-year-old Christopher Lambert was headed home when he pulled over and got out of his squad car to respond to the accident. Schmitz said Lambert positioned his squad car to protect the other three cars and “took on the danger himself.”

For Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Jeff Allen, there was a bright spot hen a Good Samaritan helped pull his vehicle out of the snow after he got stuck en route to Arrowhead Stadium for the divisional playoff game Saturday.

Allen said he made it on time for the Chiefs’ victory over the Indianapolis Colts because of the assistance. The man who helped Allen didn’t know he was a Chiefs player at the time.

Allen turned to Twitter to track down the Good Samaritan. When they connected Sunday morning, Allen thanked him and promised him tickets to next week’s AFC Championship game.

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Associated Press writer Gary D. Robertson in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report.

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