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In case you missed it: Colossal winter storm turns deadly in eastern US; Rare snow makes another appearance in Las Vegas

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
February 22, 2019, 12:17:48 PM EST


A massive winter storm pummeled the midwestern and eastern United States this week, causing chaos as the storm trekked across the regions.

The snow fell in quick bursts at times, making for dangerous road conditions, especially for unsuspecting drivers.

Two people died in a car crash during the storm in Pemberton, New Jersey, about 30 miles east of Philadelphia, according to the Associated Press. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A fatal accident was also reported in Kansas on Wednesday, the AP reported. A 67-year-old woman died when she reportedly lost control of her vehicle in snowy and icy conditions.

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Snow falls on the White House during a winter storm, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Washington.

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Crews remove early morning snow during a winter storm at the Supreme Court, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 in Washington.

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Visitors wait to enter the Supreme Court as a winter snow storm hits the nation's capital on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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Visitors enter the Supreme Court as a winter snow storm hits the nation's capital on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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A man crosses Constitution Avenue near the National Archives as a winter snow storm hits the nation's capital on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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Police attend to a multiple vehicle accident on Independence Avenue in Washington as a winter snow storm hits the nation's capital on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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The Capitol is seen as a winter snow storm hits the nation's capital making roads perilous and closing all major public school districts, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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An upside-down pair of pants is seen atop a mound of snow, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, the result of yet another snow storm to hit Omaha, Neb.

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Residents and snow plows clear snow off roads and sidewalks in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, after an overnight winter storm.

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A morning rush-hour snow falls on a statue of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame Willie Stargell outside the left field gate of PNC Park on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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A morning rush-hour snow falls on a statue of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame Willie Stargell outside the left field gate of PNC Park on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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A morning rush-hour snow falls on a sign outside a Pittsburgh McDonald's restaurant on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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A morning rush-hour snow falls on pedestrians as they cross the Andy Warhol Bridge on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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A morning rush-hour snow falls on a statue of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame Willie Stargell outside the left field gate of PNC Park on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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Pedestrians hold umbrellas while walking under light snow near the Oculus in lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, near The Oculus transportation hub in New York.

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Pedestrians walk in midtown Manhattan at Pershing Square as snow falls, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York.

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A travel advisory is in effect for New York City Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning as snow, sleet, and freezing rain cause travel difficulties.

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A travel advisory is in effect for New York City Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning as snow, sleet, and freezing rain cause travel difficulties.

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A woman is followed by a snow brush machine while walking near the World Trade Center as snow falls, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York.

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Pedestrians walk along 42nd street a snow falls, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York.

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Pedestrians walk 42nd street as snow falls, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York.

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A worker pushes a hand truck as snow falls, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York.

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A worker at City Hall shovels snow during a winter storm in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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"Heading EB on Route 50 in Chantilly. Slushy conditions with snow still coming down. Visibility isn’t that great either. Stay off the roads please!" VDOT Northern Virginia tweets.

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A pup enjoys the snow in Hampstead, Maryland, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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Around 3 inches so far in Hampstead, Maryland, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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Dogs enjoy the snow in Hampstead, Maryland, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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Nebraska State Patrol troopers are responding to slide-offs in the Troop C area on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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Nebraska State Patrol troopers are responding to slide-offs and accidents in the Troop C area on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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This empty semi with a tire problem was assisted at the Alda Interchange, the Nebraska State Patrol tweeted on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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"VSP has 380 reasons to delay travel today in Virginia- that's how many crashes & stuck vehicles our troopers have responded & are still helping since midnight," Virginia State Police tweets Wednesday, Feb. 20.

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"VSP has 380 reasons to delay travel today in Virginia- that's how many crashes & stuck vehicles our troopers have responded & are still helping since midnight," Virginia State Police tweets Wednesday, Feb. 20.


Snow fell at rates of 2-3 inches per hour from Virginia to Pennsylvania. Thundersnow was reported in some areas.

Over 1,500 flights were canceled at airports across the northeastern and midwestern U.S. with hundreds of delays, according to FlightStats.

The snow wasn't all trouble, however. Penguins at the Pittsburgh Zoo played in the fresh powder, making for an adorable snow day moment. Check out the video here.

Snow in Kansas was deadly last Friday after covered roads led to a dozen-plus-vehicle pileup.

Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were shut just outside of Kansas City following the crash, where one person died.

It was just one of several accidents reported across the region on Friday afternoon.

Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to hundreds of service calls and more than 50 crashes on Friday.

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Snow made another appearance in Las Vegas this week.

Just last week, the area caught a dusting of snow, a rare sighting in the region.

Significant snow fell this week in what was the first of its kind since 1937, when record keeping started, according to the AP.

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A man, who declined to give his name, takes a picture of a small snowman at the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign along the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


Amid severe weather in the southeastern U.S. this week, a plane was struck by lightning and had to make an emergency landing.

Delta flight 2050 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Atlanta was forced to touch down in Chattanooga, Tennessee. All passengers were uninjured, and the plane landed safely.

In another chance weather incident, riders were suspended in the air after a ride malfunctioned at SeaWorld San Diego.

Wind caused the ride to halt as those on board were suspended above water in cold weather.

The riders had to be lowered down by harness into lifeboats in a rescue effort that took more than an hour.


An avalanche killed at least one and injured several others this week at a popular ski resort in Switzerland.

The event caught skiers off guard on Tuesday in Crans-Montana, as it occurred on a frequently used slope in an area that was deemed low for avalanche risk, according to the BBC.

Hundreds of people joined search-and-rescue efforts that lasted into early Wednesday morning before being called off after no additional people were reported missing.

Local authorities continued to investigate the cause of avalanche, with possibilities ranging from weather conditions to skier behavior.

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