Snowstorm Moves Up Northeast
DENVER – A storm that wreaked havoc as it dumped as much as 10 inches of snow from Texas to Indiana barreled eastward on Friday, promising to bring more of the same.
While the storm system lost steam as it crossed the Ohio Valley and western Pennsylvania early Friday, it was expected to merge with another one off the Virginia coast later in the day. Forecasters said the system would move up the coast, bringing as much as a foot of snow to New England.
New Jersey, New York and parts of Pennsylvania could be in for several inches of snow, while Virginia and Maryland were expected to get mostly rain and sleet.
"It actually will be quite a doozy of a snowstorm," said Thomas Spriggs, a National Weather Service forecaster.
At least 13 deaths were blamed on slippery roads in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana. In Chicago, a jet trying to land in heavy snow Thursday evening slid off a runway at Midway International Airport and into a busy street, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring at least 10 others.
The airport, which reported 7 inches of snow Thursday, was shut down indefinitely. Before the accident, more than 400 flights had been canceled at O'Hare International and Midway.
The heaviest snow — up to 10 inches — fell along the Interstate 35 corridor into Kansas City, said Greg Koch, a National Weather Service forecaster.
In Indiana, the weather was good news for Greta Turner, a group sales manager at the Paoli Peaks ski resort. She said she expected as many as 3,000 skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes on Friday, the opening day.
"I'm looking out my window and all I see is snow," she said.
Travelers were grumpier. At a travel plaza in Whiteland, about 10 miles south of Indianapolis, several drivers complained about the number of cars that had pulled off the highway in near-whiteout conditions.
"It's nasty," said Dave Dyer, who stopped to refuel his rig during a 580-mile trip from Louisville, Ky., to Wausau, Wis. "If I didn't have to be going where I have to go, I'd pull over and park it."
Troopers all across the storm's path reported fatalities. In Texas, a mother and son died in a fire sparked by an improperly installed wood-burning stove.
In northern Indiana, one woman died and three people were injured Thursday when a car crossed the center line and hit another car.
Three passengers in a sport utility vehicle were killed Thursday when it crossed an interstate median near Charleston and struck a tractor-trailer head-on, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Plunkett.
In Boone County, a child was killed when his mother lost control of her car on a highway and the vehicle slid into the other side and was struck by another vehicle. In Faucett, a man was found frozen to death in the snow after crawling from his overturned pickup truck, the Highway Patrol said.
On a snow-packed interstate near Edgerton, Kan., a 31-year-old woman's pickup slid across the median and collided with another vehicle, killing her and her 4-year-old daughter, authorities said.