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Wintry mix of snow, freezing rain pummels mid-Atlantic

AP  |  Richmond(US) 

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of

State Police said the 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 considered life-threatening. The state medical examiner was expected to determine later whether Harris' death was storm-related.

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

The storm knocked out power for nearly 200,000 people in Virginia and on Sunday, according to

The wintry mix was also causing problems at airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation's capital.

The storm caused a variety of cancellations and closings.

The Zoo was closed to the public, with only essential employees told to report to work. The Metropolitan Area Transit

Authority cancelled its planned track work for the weekend.

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 shoulder and head. The man died at a hospital.

The reported close to a half-inch of ice in some sections of western North Carolina, leading to fallen trees and power lines.

The remainder of the state received mostly a cold rain or freezing precipitation that caused few problems By late Sunday afternoon, the Washington, metro area, and parts of had total snowfall accumulations ranging from 12-20 centimetres.

Central Virginia, including Richmond, had much smaller accumulations as little as 2.5 centimetres but the snow was followed by hours of sleet and freezing rain.

Marc Chenard, a with the 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 in and Prince George's County schools in suburban said classes would be cancelled Monday.

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

State Police told reporters that 34-year-old was headed home when he pulled over and got out of his to respond to the accident.

Schmitz said Lambert positioned his to protect the other three cars and "took on the danger himself."

For Jeff Allen, there was a bright spot during the storm when a Good Samaritan helped pull his vehicle out of the snow after he got stuck on his way to for the divisional playoff game Saturday.

Allen said he made it on time for the Chiefs' victory over the because of the man's help. The man who helped Allen didn't know he was a Chiefs

Allen turned to 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 03:45 IST