A powerful winter storm going through the eastern half of this nation has claimed at least eight lives and also knocked out power for thousands of individuals.
A tumultuous mixture of rain, ice and snow which originally hit the Midwest caused havoc in the southeast to the northeast Thursday. It prompted college closures, hours-long waits for commuters and hundreds of flight cancellations.
This early season winter storm will bring snow, sleet and freezing rain at the Central Appalachians throughout the Northeast on Friday. Heavy snowfall is expected Friday at the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. In parts of Pennsylvania and New England, residents could see snowfall levels of 6 to 12 inches, the National Weather Service said.
Over 292,000 clients were without power early Friday morning in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, based on Poweroutage.us.
8 weather-related deaths
The wintry weather donated to traffic crashes which killed people in a number of states, police said.
A 60-year-old girl died Thursday at Miami County, Indiana, after she lost control of her car when driving slick road conditions and crashed, the nation’s authorities said in a statement.
1 man was also killed Thursday from Canton, Ohio, and someone else in Maryland, authorities said.
Back in Mississippi, a tour bus dropped Wednesday, killing two people and wounding several other people. Sgt. Joseph Miller using the Mississippi Highway Patrol said the bus carrying 46 people was traveling from Huntsville, Alabama, to Tunica, Mississippi.
The rest of the residents were taken to hospitals with many different injuries. The reason for the crash was weather-related, Miller said.
Arkansas Highway Patrol is reporting two different incidents where three people were murdered after motorists lost control of automobiles on icy roads.
Traffic Nightmare in New York region
For many hours, crashes abandoned drivers trapped on the George Washington Bridge, which links from top Manhattan to northern New Jersey. Slick roads put transport service to a standstill as commuters waited for buses which could not reach the overcrowded Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The New Jersey State Police said they responded to 555 motor car crashes and helped 1,027 drivers on Thursday.
“If you do not need to venture out, please stay home so street crews can care for the streets,” authorities said in a statement. “If you need to go out, please drive slowly and allow more time to get where you’re going.”
Back in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, some school buses were not able to take pupils home due to street closures and”dangerous travel conditions.” Passengers were forced to take them back to colleges at the Elizabeth Area School District where they had been stored at a”shelter-like surroundings” until parents can pick them up.
The colleges will run on a 2-hour delay Friday, the district said in a statement.