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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Winter Blasts Parts of U.S.

Winter blast rolls east with icy roads and brutally cold temperatures

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A surge of brutally cold arctic air was blasting southward from Canada early Saturday, icing roads and taking temperatures as low as single digits.
Drivers were warned to stay home as a cold front struck the Midwest and rolled east, canceling hundreds of flights and sparking crashes on slick roadways.
Washington Dulles airport's runways were completely closed Saturday morning, while police in Baltimore reported a multi-vehicle pile-up on the southbound I-95.
Winter storm warnings were in place from Wyoming to Wisconsin and Michigan, and a wide band of the country from the Texas panhandle up to Maine were under a winter advisory heading into the weekend,
The Minnesota State Police reported 490 traffic accidents statewide from 1 a.m. Friday through shortly before 9 p.m., one of which led to a death. Parts of the state got a reported 5 inches of snow.
"The next few days are going to be pretty challenging," Lt. Robert Zak said. "We're advising everybody to stay home if at all possible," he said.
The storm will strike the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and New England through the weekend, forecasters said. In the Mid-Atlantic, the southern edge of the system will deliver ice.
"That's going to make for some tricky traveling for anyone driving around the Mid-Atlantic area tomorrow night," said Weather Channel meteorologist Roy Lucksinger.