Winter storm death toll rises to 5

Weekend winter storm expected to cripple U.S. Northeast

Weekend winter storm expected to cripple U.S. Northeast

A major winter storm over the weekend delivered widespread snowfall, in many places 1 to 2 feet, from the Midwest to the Northeast.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were in effect Sunday morning across a large portion of the country from the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians to the northern Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

Both storms are expected to cause road closures and flight cancellations in impacted areas.

The NWS also said there was about a 70 percent probability of a foot of snow falling in parts of northern Pennsylvania and central NY.

The winter blast wreaked other kinds of havoc for airports and travelers in the region. At least one fatality has been associated with this storm due to slick road conditions.

On Saturday the storm dumped 10 inches of snow on parts of the Midwest, left more than 13,000 power outages in the state of OH, and created havoc for many travelers throughout the region.

Almost 2,000 flights were canceled around the country Sunday, with Boston's Logan Airport being one of the hardest hit, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking company.

A plane carrying 129 people skidded from a slick runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Saturday.

No injuries were reported.

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Wind gusts between 30 and 35 miles per hour were expected into Sunday morning near Lake Michigan, resulting in snow drifting into open areas, the weather service said. Some northwest suburbs reported 8.5 inches of snow Saturday.

A snowplow driver in Kansas was killed Saturday when the plow he was driving rolled over on a highway. And in southeastern Missouri, slippery conditions caused a 15-vehicle crash on Interstate 55.

States of emergencies declared in New Jersey, Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Amtrak announced it will operate modified service this weekend as a result of the severe winter weather.

As of Sunday at noon, utilities in CT were reporting more than 19,000 customers without power and more outages were expected in the region as ice accumulated on trees and power lines.

Among the lines impacted were the Acela Express between Boston and Washington; Empire Service between New York and Buffalo; the Lake Shore Limited that travels between Chicago, New York and Boston; and Keystone Service between New York, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The storm has reportedly brought up to 10 inches of snow in some areas of the Midwest.

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire are expected to experience teeth-chattering chills while being paralysed by snow. Among the highest are Elizabethtown, New York, with 20.8 inches and Walden, Vermont, with 18.5 inches.

Forecasters have warned the bitter wind and extreme cold is "definitely dangerous" and said it is "life-and-death kind of weather" as some of the coldest temperatures this season hits the Midwest.

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