Killer storm – At least nine dead … so far.
Snow covered roads and highways Saturday morning stretched across much of southeastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Kansas, making for treacherous driving conditions.
Many areas from Kansas City to St. Louis to Indianapolis areas were hammered by 6 to 12 inches of snow, with isolated reports of up to 18 inches.
A jet slid off a taxiway in Cincinnati, interstate highways were shut down in several states, and power outages climbed as the deadly winter storm roared east across the nation Sunday.
More than 35 million people from Ohio to the Washington, D.C, remained under winter storm advisories or warnings on Sunday, the National Weather Service reported.
Part of I-65 in northern Indiana was shut down for hours late Saturday about 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
By Sunday the storm had shifted toward the Carolinas, Virginia and Washington, D.C., area, which reported 5 inches of snow on the ground on Sunday morning, with another 5 inches expected.
Freezing rain turning to ice is also a concern in parts of the Mid-Atlantic.
The governors of both Virginia and North Carolina declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm.
Earlier, St. Louis was blasted, forcing temporary closure of sections of I-44, I-64 and I-70. Snowfall totals of 8-12 inches had been reported across the metro area through Saturday.
In Missouri, more than 60,000 customers lost power as the heavy snow – up to 20 inches of snow in parts of the state – snapped branches and downed power lines.
In North Carolina, more than 130,000 homes and businesses were without power on Sunday morning.
In Virginia, more than 30,000 people were still without power as of noon today.
In Kansas, the storm left about 24,000 in the dark.
Meteorologists expect the storm to subside by early Monday, but not before leaving 2 to 4 inches of snow in parts of Atlantic City.
“Most places have seen the worst of it,” said meteorologist Dan Pydynowski with AccuWeather. “By the time most people are waking up on Monday morning, it will be done.”