Roads Clogged, Flights Canceled as Storm Barrels North

Roads Clogged, Flights Canceled as Storm Barrels North

Published December 19, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter doesn't start until Monday, but it looks like it's well under way along the Eastern Seaboard

Parts of the mid-Atlantic have been buried under a foot or more of snow, and the storm isn't over yet. Forecasters are calling for up to 20 inches of snow across the region.

A blizzard warning has been issued for the nation's capital, which is blanketed under a sea of white. Tens of thousands of power outages have been reported.

Officials are urging residents to stay indoors, and many are doing so. Stores and malls usually bustling with shoppers were nearly deserted in some areas.

It hasn't been a good travel day either. Virginia State Police are reporting more than 4,000 crashes and disabled vehicles since yesterday. Drivers have been abandoning their cars as roads and highways become slick, and at times, impassable.

Hundreds of flights have been canceled in the Philadelphia area, and Washington Reagan National Airport is closed until tomorrow.

 

Written by <P class="ap-story-p">By Brett Zongker, The Associated Press</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P class="ap-story-p"><BR>&nbsp;</P>

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