Deadly storms barrel through U.S. with snow, ice, wind, tornadoes

by Editorial Team

A massive winter storm that killed at least eight people in the Midwest over the weekend is heading to the Northeast, where millions of people could face life-threatening conditions early this week.

The giant storm system dumped up to 43 inches of snow on parts of Colorado and Wyoming and has caused numerous crashes, flight delays, school closings and power outages in parts of the region. In the South, meanwhile, tornado warnings were in effect Monday afternoon from Texas to Mississippi.

Missouri authorities said at least four people, including an 18-year-old driver, were killed in weather-related crashes Sunday in the state. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a tweet Monday that it had responded to more than 2,000 calls for service, including nearly 700 crashes and more than 600 stranded drivers, since Sunday morning.

In Nebraska, a multi-vehicle crash killed three people during the storm on Sunday, according to the state’s highway patrol. And in Kansas, a 21-year-old passenger in a pickup truck was killed the same day when the vehicle overturned on an icy road in Wichita.

The National Weather Service said the area would continue to see heavy snow on Monday as the system expands into the Northeast. A wintry mix was expected to reach the East Coast, from Washington, D.C. to Massachusetts, on Monday night and continue through Wednesday, according to the agency.

The weather service warned that a light snow accumulation, possibly mixed with ice, sleet and freezing rain, may result in difficult travel conditions in southeast New York, northeast New Jersey and southeast Connecticut.

Southern states, meanwhile, were told to prepare for possible tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. On Monday afternoon, tornado sightings had been reported throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.


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