WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen deaths have now been attributed to the winter storm that is wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic region and the Northeast. A truck driver in Virginia who was working to clear snowy roads was hit this morning by another dump truck.
To the south, even though the worst of the storm has passed, trees and driveways are covered with ice, and hundreds of thousands are without power. Atlanta temperatures are rising today, but will drop below freezing again overnight.
In North Carolina, troops in big-wheeled Humvees have been patrolling the roads, looking for stranded motorists. The storm brought traffic to a virtual standstill in the Research Triangle area yesterday as it coated much of the state in snow and ice.
The storm has now dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. Streets have been largely deserted in the nation's capital this morning, with residents heeding warnings to stay off the roads. Federal offices and the city's two main airports are closed. Baltimore awoke to 15 inches of snow.
The storm is the latest in an unending onslaught of winter weather that has depleted salt supplies and caused schools to run out of snow days.
202-a-06-(Nadine Burnett, commuter waiting for train to go in to work, in AP interview)-"the weather reports"-New Jersey resident Nadine Burnett says she wishes all the forecasts of bad weather hadn't come true this winter. (13 Feb 2014)
<<CUT *202 (02/13/14)££ 00:06 "the weather reports"
207-a-14-(Charlie Gischlar, spokesman, Maryland State Highway Administration, in AP interview)-"in action right now"-Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, says Maryland is still under a state of emergency, with drivers urged to stay off the snowy roads. (13 Feb 2014)
<<CUT *207 (02/13/14)££ 00:14 "in action right now"
211-c-22-(Allen Breed, AP correspondent)-"had been searched (2nd reference)"-AP correspondent Allen Breed reports police have been checking abandoned vehicles on Interstate 540 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (13 Feb 2014)
<<CUT *211 (02/13/14)££ 00:22 "had been searched (2nd reference)"
APPHOTO VASH101: Melting ice and show cover trees and roads in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. More than a foot of snow in southern and northern Virginia sandwiched the slushy center of the state Thursday, with more rain, snow and sleet threatening to make roads even more treacherous. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (13 Feb 2014)
<<APPHOTO VASH101 (02/13/14)££
APPHOTO NCCB105: A train travels down snowy tracks as it enters Matthews, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 after a winter storm hit the area. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (13 Feb 2014)
<<APPHOTO NCCB105 (02/13/14)££