Wintry mix of snow, freezing rain pummels mid-Atlantic

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest is pummeling the mid-Atlantic region for a second day, bringing snow, freezing rain and power outages.

Nearly 200,000 people were without electricity in Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday morning.

The wintry mix was also causing problems at airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation's capital.

In Baltimore, a man was fatally shot as he shoveled snow early Sunday morning. Police said a 43-year-old man was outside shoveling at 4:40 a.m. when an unidentified suspect shot him in the shoulder and head. He died at a local hospital.

The storm was expected to continue into Sunday evening.

3 p.m.
The Mid-Atlantic region is bracing for a winter storm that's already made travel treacherous across the Midwest.

The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Snow is covering roads in those states. More than a foot of snow has fallen in some places around St. Louis. Authorities say the storm has contributed to at least five traffic deaths.

The system was spreading into the Mid-Atlantic region Saturday afternoon. Between 3 and 6 inches (7 and 15 centimeters) is expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday.

Forecasters say heavier snow and higher amounts could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia. Lower accumulations are expected in Delaware and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain. Southwest Virginia could see 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow.

11:40 a.m.
A winter storm sweeping across parts of the Midwest has snarled traffic in several states and left thousands without power.

The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri and Illinois, covering roads and making driving dangerous. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says nearly 300 vehicles had slid off roads across the state and more than 175 crashes had been reported by late Saturday morning.

By late morning Saturday, officials had reported nearly 11 inches of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed.

In central Missouri, officials said about 12,000 households and businesses were without power in Columbia and the surrounding area.

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for Missouri, as well as Illinois and Indiana.

The Illinois State Police says that troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 traffic collisions.

Trooper John Korando says one crash killed a 73-year-old man on Friday, but it's not yet known whether weather was a factor. The storm has contributed to at least five traffic deaths in Kansas and Missouri.

He says that since the snow began falling Friday, troopers in District 11 in southwestern Illinois have been called to 114 crashes and a total of 261 incidents, many of which involved vehicles that had veered off roadways into ditches.

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