Sleet, Ice, Deep Freeze Hit Large Swath of U.S.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow is delivering a sloppy winter smorgasbord from the Mid-Atlantic through southeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.

The slow-moving storm prompted officials Sunday in Virginia and parts of Maryland to urge residents to stay off the roads and forced scattered airport delays and cancelations.

The National Weather Service said a high-pressure system from North Carolina north to New England is being fed by disturbances from the southwest and moist air off the Atlantic.

One meteorologist calls it a "recipe for winter precipitation."

A band of snow has dropped 3 to 6 inches in southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey.

The auction site warned that severe weather across the country could delay shipments, especially in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio and Texas. The site urged customers to be patient with shippers.

The lousy weather is something for which the major retailers and shippers do their best to accommodate, but they can only do so much.

Flight delays due to rain and low ceilings may linger through much of Monday along I-95 in the Northeast because of low clouds.

By 2 p.m. Sunday, 1,614 flights had been canceled and 2,034 delayed in the USA, according to the tracking site The worst hit was Dallas-Fort Worth, which had 1,084 canceled and 207 delayed, according to FlightStats. Washington Dulles had 231 canceled and 78 delays.

Flight delays littered the country mid-afternoon. The worst were 1 hour and 43 minutes in Philadelphia, over 1 hour in Newark, and nearly 1 hour at Washington's Dulles and New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports, according to tracking site

But Chicago O'Hare also had nearly 1 hour delays and Dallas-Fort Worth and Minneapolis each had half-hour delays, according to FlightAware.

Snow and ice made roads treacherous across the country. In Texas, a pileup Saturday morning along Interstate 10 involved at least 10 18-wheelers.

In Wisconsin, there were so many crashes along Interstates 94 and 894, as well as I-39 and I-90, that the state patrol hasn't totaled them yet. A fatal rollover occurred on I-94 at Highway 100.

The Arizona Highway Patrol closed Interstate 15 through the Virgin Gorge on Saturday night after icy roads caused several accidents. By Sunday morning, vehicles were allowed to head northbound, but southbound traffic was still closed.

By Monday, precipitation will focus over much of New York state and inland New England, with freezing rain across central Pennsylvania. Heavier snow of 3 to 6 inches will fall in the St. Lawrence Valley.

But road conditions are expected to improve Monday from Washington to New York City, as rain replaces snow, according to AccuWeather. Travel may be slushy and slippery around Boston.


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