Storm reports: Deadly winter storm spreads snow, ice into mid-Atlantic

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
January 14, 2019, 5:50:12 AM EST

As of 9 p.m. EST Sunday, this reports story is no longer being updated. To view photos of the winter storm, click here.

While snow tapers off across Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on Sunday, residents of the mid-Atlantic will face power outages, slick roads and travel delays as snow and ice continue to pile up on Sunday.

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The winter storm began to unfold over the region on Friday afternoon with heavy snow and freezing rain across Missouri and Kansas. Some motorists became stranded on the snow-covered roads for hours, and additional travel delays continued through Saturday.

At least four deaths have been reported in Missouri, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. CNN reports an additional three deaths occurred in Kansas, while one fatal crash occurred in Illinois and another in Indiana. This brings the total storm death toll to nine.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain moved into the mid-Atlantic and Carolinas on Saturday evening. Roads quickly became slick and travel delays mounted.

The weight of the heavy, wet snow could cause some trees to snap, leading to sporadic power outages. The freezing rain event unfolding in the higher elevations of North Carolina and southwestern Virginia can also lead to widespread power outages.

Download the free AccuWeather app to see the start and end time of the storm as well as how much snow is predicted for your area.

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8:30 p.m. EST Sunday:

Refreezing will occur overnight in many of the affected areas across the northeastern United States. Motorists should be cautious driving tonight and in the morning on the way to work.

7:03 p.m. EST Sunday:

The metrobus in Washington, D.C. is temporarily suspending service on all routes and all lines due to icy, hazardous road conditions.

6:15 p.m. EST Sunday:

Many roads in North Carolina were closed because of falling trees and icy conditions.

Virginia State Police said they responded to more than 230 traffic crashes and helped more than 100 disabled vehicles in Virginia from midnight to noon Sunday.

4:45 p.m. EST Sunday:

Snow has increased in intensity around Washington, D.C., where the official snowfall total is up to seven inches. Watch for continued slow and slippery travel through early tonight.

Over 500 flights now canceled around Washington, D.C. due to weather.

3:25 p.m. EST Sunday:

People around Washington, D.C. are taking advantage of the snow with cross-country skiers spotted at the National Mall. Most areas around the city have reported 4 to 8 inches of snow.

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2:05 p.m. EST Sunday:

Power outages in North Carolina remain over 125,000 after ice glazes parts of the state. Western parts of the state recorded the worst of the ice with some spots south and east of Asheville measuring up to half an inch of ice.

12:38 p.m. EST Sunday:

Road crews are out and about in Virginia as they battle to keep the roads clear. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the state prepared for the winter storm.

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This photo shows improved road conditions across parts of northern Virginia. (Photo/Virginia Department of Transportation)

Road conditions range from minor (light blue) to moderate (dark blue) according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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11:40 a.m. EST Sunday:

Missouri, Kansas, North Carolina and Virginia have the highest number of power outages from the winter storm as of 11:40 a.m. EST Sunday.

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9:52 a.m. EST Sunday:

A look at the updated snowfall totals for major metropolitan areas in the mid-Atlantic region Sunday morning. This is already the largest snowfall of the year in the nation's capital and the biggest snowstorm in Washington, D.C. since January 2016.

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9 a.m. EST Sunday:

A plane reportedly skidded off the runway at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport earlier this morning. There were no reports of injuries.

According to FlightAware, there have been more than 1,000 flight cancellations today. More than 200 of those are from Reagan National Airport.

8:39 a.m. EST Sunday:

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer is in Roanoke, Virginia, where sleet, freezing rain and snow continues to accumulate.

8:10 a.m. EST Sunday:

The city of Richmond, Virginia, has activated its emergency operations center.

In New Jersey, department of transportation officials say there are more than 1,000 department and contractor plows and salt spreaders working in the central and southern parts of the state. Residents are urged to stay off the roads.

The New Jersey Turnpike has instituted a speed restriction of 45 mph for the entire length from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the George Washington Bridge.

Crews were out treating snow-covered roads in Prince Georges County, Maryland, early Sunday morning.

As of 8 a.m. EST Sunday, all storm reports will now be listed in Eastern time.

5:35 a.m. CST Sunday:

Heavy ice accretion across western North Carolina has now resulted in nearly 100,000 power outages.

While snow showers are occurring in the New York City area, no accumulation is expected.

4:02 a.m. CST Sunday:

Power outage reports are nearing 50,000 in North Carolina, where freezing rain continues to glaze raised surfaces including trees and power lines.

Farther north, snow is starting to take a toll on area roadways. Slick roads and low visibility will make travel slow and dangerous on Sunday morning as crews work to plow and treat area roadways.

For previous reports on the winter storm, click here.

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