Mid-Atlantic storm makes driving hazardous
A winter storm delivered a sloppy smorgasbord of snow, freezing rain and sleet to the southern Mid-Atlantic region on Sunday, with parts of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey having more than 3 inches of accumulation, making driving dangerous for millions of residents nationwide.
The slow-moving storm prompted officials in Virginia, parts of Maryland and other states to urge residents to stay off the roads and forced scattered airport delays. In Wisconsin, there were vehicle pileups and dangerous road conditions, with one fatal interstate rollover.
In Pennsylvania, the snow wreaked havoc on the turnpike and covered the fields of the Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles in white.
A motorist who got out of his car in a minor crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was struck and killed, and about 50 cars behind him were involved in a series of fender-benders that closed westbound lanes as a storm brought heavy snow to the region.
The initial crash happened about 12:30 p.m. near the Morgantown exit, turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said. The victim got out of his car and was struck by a vehicle.
Dozens of cars behind him were involved in a series of chain-reaction crashes, DeFebo said.
The turnpike reported multiple crashes along several stretches in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service said the high pressure system from North Carolina north to New England is being fed by disturbances from the southwest and moist air off the Atlantic.
“This is not one big storm, but a couple storms lined up side-by-side,” meteorologist Kevin Witt said.
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