Recap: Slick and Slippery Snowstorm From Midwest to the Coast

By Grace Muller, Staff Writer
January 28, 2013; 3:40 AM
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Snow in Scarsdale, N.Y., submitted via Twitter by Scott Schlaff.

A rapidly-moving winter storm caused travel problems Friday from the Midwest to the East Coast. While the storm certainly did not break any snow records, the timing of the storm caused significant travel problems. The storm hit the I-95 corridor during Friday afternoon rush hour.

Sleet and freezing rain glazed roads and bridges with ice from Kentucky to North Carolina. Law enforcement reported many accidents from the weather. In North Carolina, the Department of Transportation tweeted that the temperatures were too low for salt to be effective for melting ice. Bob Ryan from ABC7 in D.C. tweeted "All interstate road temperatures 20-25° so even where well salted roads not far north DC very slippery."

"You can't focus on snow totals with a storm like this," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Kerry Schwindenhammer said. "This kind of storm can cause a lot of accidents. The conditions can be very treacherous than a three, four or five inch snowfall. With higher snowfall amounts, people usually take more caution."

Ice and snow also hurt the airlines, with over 600 cancelled and more than 6,000 delayed flights by 8 p.m. Friday. Affected airports included JFK in New York, Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa., D.C., Cleveland, Ohio, and Chicago, Ill.

Airport delays reported by at 9 p.m. EST Friday.

Significant Snow Totals By State

13.5 inches two miles south of McMillan
12.0 inches three miles southwest of Newberry
11.2 inches at six miles north-northwest of Scottville
9.4 inches four miles southeast of Muskegon
8.5 inches at Cloverville
8.0 inches in Norton Shores

5.2 inches in Wellsville
4.5 inches in Salem
4.0 inches at West Liberty
4.0 inches at the Akron Airport
3.2 inches at Kent

4.0 inches 10 miles east of Grantsville

5.0 inches at Penn Hills
4.9 inches on Mount Washington
4.5 inches at Baldwin

3.6 inches two miles north of Frostburg

West Virginia
6.0 inches at Weirton
5.0 inches ten miles east of Fairmont

5.2 inches at Medford
5.0 inches in Gile
4.0 inches in Kewunee County


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