Jet slides off Cincinnati airport taxiway as storm roars east

ARLINGTON, Va. – A jet slid off a taxiway at Cincinnati’s airport, power outages climbed in North Carolina, and the nation’s capital was under a snow siege as a deadly winter storm roared east across the nation Sunday.

Three deaths were reported in Missouri, two in Kansas and one in Virginia.  More than 35 million people from Ohio to the East Coast remained under winter storm advisories or warnings Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

At Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Delta Flight 1708 arrived Sunday from Las Vegas and, after landing safely, slid off the pavement of a taxiway on its way to the terminal, airport officials said on Twitter. No injuries were reported among the 126 passengers and crew.

“Delta teams are examining the 737-900ER aircraft and will be reviewing what occurred today,” the airline said in a statement, adding that “safety is always Delta’s top priority.”

In North Carolina, ice was the issue. Some areas were hit with a half-inch of ice, knocking down trees and power lines and making roads hazardous. More than 150,000 homes and businesses were without power across the state Sunday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm “to prepare and coordinate the Commonwealth’s response” to the wintry blast.

Virginia State Police say this weekend’s winter storm contributed to a said one person was killed when a military surplus vehicle’s driver lost control in slick road conditions Saturday night on I-81 in Pulaski County, leading the vehicle to be struck by two tractor-trailers.

In Washington, more than 5 inches of snow fell in and around the city – and more was on the way. AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys said a high pressure system was keeping the snow from heading north, forcing it to remain in the D.C. area. Total should reach 8 inches before the snow ends early Monday, he said.

That is a major storm for a city that hasn’t had more that 4.1 inches of snow at one time in three years, Roys said.

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In suburban Arlington, Virginia, Aliya Jiwani was bundling her two daughters to play in the snow while worrying about the fate of a Monday morning flight out of the snowbound city.

“I tried to fly out during some snow last month and it was a bit of a disaster,” she said. “So far my flight tomorrow is on schedule, but if we get more snow who knows?”

Her concerns were valid. Nationwide, more than 600 flights had been canceled and another 913 delayed Sunday as of 11 a.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.

Sunday’s troubles follow another 460-plus cancellations on Saturday and about 300 on Friday. The storm canceled and delayed flights at airports from Colorado east for three days.

Earlier, the storm dumped up to 20 inches of snow on parts of Missouri. A woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter died after their car slid into a semitrailer in Clinton, about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. 

Another woman died when her car slid in northern Missouri and was hit by an oncoming SUV. In Kansas, a 62-year old man died after his pickup skidded into a concrete barrier, the patrol said. And another crash involved two semitrailers, killing a 41-year old driver from Mexico.

St. Louis was blasted, forcing temporary closure of sections of Interstates 44, 64 and 70 around the city. More than 60,000 customers remained without power Sunday in Missouri as the heavy snow snapped branches and downed power lines.

Snow covered roads and highways across much of southeastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Kansas, adding to travel headaches.

Contributing: Ben Mutzabaugh and Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY; The Associated Press 

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