Yet another storm is pounding parts of the East Coast with heavy snow and frigid cold today – bringing more school closings, travel backups and federal office closures.
The storm shifted south from the original expected path. While New York City should receive a dusting, the Mid-Atlantic states should experience the heaviest snowfall, up to a foot in some areas. Washington, D.C., is expected to receive 5 to 9 inches, Dover, Del. should receive 6 to 8 inches, and Philadelphia is expected to receive up to 4 inches.
The system previously brought sleet and ice to cities such as Dallas, Oklahoma City, Little Rock and Nashville. Some areas in Arkansas and Missouri received up to 4 inches of sleet.
In Wichita, Kan., the slick roadways triggered hundreds of weather-related accidents, leading to at least eight deaths.
In Arkansas, an SUV lost control and plunged off a bridge, injuring two and killing one.
Midwest drivers such as Kristyn Meadows had trouble navigating the icy roads. “I’m not a good driver in the first place, and I can’t drive in this crazy Oklahoma weather,” Meadows said.
Dave Burch, a spokesman with the Maryland Highway Administration, is urging people to stay off the roads so the plows can get through. “All it takes is one serious crash during rush hour on the Beltway or on 95, and then it’s like there’s a 20-mile backup,” Burch said.
The storm has grounded flights nationwide. By 7 a.m., more than 2,000 flights have been canceled today, according to the Web site Flightaware.com.
While the storm should move out in the early evening, forecasters expect record cold to follow with sub-zero temperatures across the Midwest.
The temperature in Kansas City this morning fell to -2 (the record on this date is -1). Temperatures of -2 were reported in Chicago and -10 in Minneapolis.
The bitter cold will swing East tonight, with chilly temps lingering into the middle of the week.
ABC News Radio contributed to this report.