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About half of U.S. prepares for a week of snow, ice, rain

Feb. 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A winter storm spread snow and ice from Arkansas and Missouri to the eastern seaboard, forcing the cancellation or delay of nearly 3,000 flights Monday morning.

FlightAware.com reported 1,564 delays and 1,398 cancellations across the United States at midmorning Monday

More than half of the country could receive snow this week beginning Monday, ABC News reported. The East Coast could expect snow from Boston to Washington, D.C., with as much as 8 inches of snow falling by late afternoon.

A second storm developing in the Rockies should dump between 5 and 10 inches of snow from Colorado to Iowa Tuesday, before reaching the East Coast a day later with another round of winter weather, forecasters said.

ABC News said a third storm was expected near the end of the week, bringing a potential nor'easter by the weekend.

AccuWeather.com said travel would become increasingly more dangerous throughout the day Monday along the Interstate-95 corridor this morning from southern New England to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as snow becomes heavy. Some stretches of Interstates 95, 80, 76, 78, 81, 79 and 77 from West Virginia into southern New England were expected to become snow-covered and hazardous.

"A swath of 6-12 inches of snow is expected from parts of West Virginia, through southern Pennsylvania and into central New Jersey," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said.

On Sunday, a Florida State University track team tour bus slid into a ditch near Bentonville, Ark., KHBS-TV, Fort Smith, Ark., reported. No injuries were reported.

Parkersburg, W.Va., along the Ohio River, reported 7 inches of snow, with 31/2 inches falling in 90 minutes.

About 5,900 power customers in Arkansas and Missouri were without power late Sunday, AccuWeather.com reported.

In Kentucky, officials with the Western Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative reported more than 100 power outages because of freezing rain weighing down tree limbs and snapping power lines.

Nearly 40 schools in north-central Texas were closed or operated on a delayed basis Monday.

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