Extreme Weather 

Winter Storm Continues to Pummel North America with Snow, Ice and Freezing Rain

A brutal winter storm that contributed to at least 10 deaths in the Midwest pummelled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy nightmare that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents.

The storm knocked out power to nearly 200,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina at its height Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Sunday to help utility crews restore electricity more quickly after power lines fell because of freezing rain, ice and toppled trees.

The state’s western mountains and foothills were hardest-hit along with the western Piedmont region and nearly 1,000 state transportation workers were called out to clear ice and snow.

The Weather Network reported at least three deaths via Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). MSHP advised motorists to avoid driving:

Most public school systems in northern Virginia and Prince George’s County schools in suburban Maryland said classes would be cancelled Monday. Class cancellations also are planned Monday in areas of central Illinois hit by record snowfall.

Springfield’s State Journal-Register reports the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday.

It cited the National Weather Service as saying the 8.4 inches (21.3 centimetres) of snow that day in Springfield broke the previous record for a Jan. 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches (16.7 centimetres). Some 11.5 inches (29 centimetres) of snow fell on Springfield over three days.

For the full article from globalnews.ca, click here.

The ferocity and widespread nature of the snowstorms witnessed in recent weeks isn’t normal.

People are dying, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Continue to prepare.

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34-year-old Woman from Maidstone, Sask. Dead from Hypothermia

A 34-year-old woman from Maidstone, Sask. was found dead on Friday in a farmer’s field during a search and rescue operation.

The woman and her father were collecting firewood about 5km south of Maidstone when their vehicle got stuck in snow last Thursday.

Maidstone RCMP’s investigation determined the woman was attempting to walk home during a snowstorm but got lost while walking through deep snow on a non-maintained grid road in whiteout conditions.

Her body was discovered about 4km from where she was last seen walking. Police say it appeared she died from exposure and hypothermia.

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