Winter Storm Blamed For 16 Deaths, 1 In Ohio


UPDATED: Thursday December 27, 2012 5:52 PM

The death toll from a powerful winter storm that pushed through the nation's midsection into the Northeast has risen to 16.
 
The latest storm-related deaths include a man checking on a disabled vehicle near Allentown, Pa., who was struck and killed Wednesday night, and two people killed in separate crashes in Virginia.
    
Officials in Ohio are blaming the bad weather for a crash that killed an 18-year-old girl, who lost control of her car Wednesday afternoon and smashed into an oncoming snow plow on a highway northeast of Cincinnati.
 
Authorities in Indiana say a man and a woman were killed when the scooter they were riding went out of control on a snowy Evansville street Wednesday and they were hit by a pickup truck.
    
The storm is expected to drop one to two feet of snow on parts of the Northeast just a day after it swept through the nation's middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and ruining holiday travel plans.
    
Parts of New Hampshire could get as much as 18 inches of snow before the storm moves on into Canada tomorrow.
   
The storm hasn't caused widespread power outages in the Northeast -- unlike harder-hit places to the south, including Arkansas, where 200,000 homes and businesses lost power.
   
A worker at a truck stop near Connecticut's border with Massachusetts this morning said fewer truckers were stopping in. Instead of the usual 20 to 30 an hour, the high winds and slushy roads had cut that number to two or three an hour.
    
Despite the wet weather, no flights are delayed Thursday morning cities like New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

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