LIVE: Winter Storm Strikes Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic

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By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
February 02, 2014; 9:15 PM

A powerful storm that spread disruptive snow across Texas and the lower Plains is taking aim Sunday on the Northeast, including the Interstate 95 corridor cities of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

Up to 13 inches of snow fell in northern Texas. Sleet and freezing rain was also reported across parts of Texas into Missouri. Freezing rain with power outages occurred in Arkansas and Kentucky.

The storm has made travel difficult.

Thousands of flights were delayed Sunday because of the storm. More than 600 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a trend that is expected to move into the eastern U.S.

Numerous vehicle crashes occurred around Branson, Mo., where 4 inches of snow had fallen.

A Florida State University track team tour bus slid into a ditch at Cave Springs, Ark., near Bentonville, KHBS/KHOG-TV reported. No one was injured.

As the storm moves northeast, a significant swath of snow is possible from northern West Virginia and western Maryland into south-central and southeast Pennsylvania, Meteorologist Randy Adkins said.

"There could be 6 to 12 inches in that area," Adkins said.

Cities in that impact area include Elkins, W.Va., and Gettysburg, Lancaster and York, Pa., Adkins said.

Travel is expected to become difficult on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and interstates 68, 81 and 83.

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Washington, D.C., and Baltimore will escape much of the snow, only receiving about a coating to 1 inch, Adkins said. Four to 6 inches are possible in the Philadelphia with higher amounts possible in the northwest suburbs.

Updates: (All times are listed in Eastern Time)

10:05 p.m. Sunday: Four inches of snow have fallen at Owensboro, Ky., an NWS spotter reported.

9:35 p.m. Sunday: About 5,600 Entergy Arkansas power customers were without service, the utility said on its website.

9:05 p.m. Sunday: About 300 Ameren customers were without electricity in southern Missouri, the utility reported.

9:00 p.m. Sunday: A half inch of ice accreted at Dyersburg, Tenn., an NWS spotter reported.

8:45 p.m. Sunday: Significant icing from freezing rain is occurring in Calloway County, Ky., the National Weather Service at Paducah, Ky. said. Tree limbs were bending, and more than 100 power outages had been reported by Western Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative.

8:20 p.m. Sunday: Light snow and fog reported at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Pa. Visibility was down to three-quarters of a mile.

U.S. Route 219 and Galleria Drive near the airport from a PennDOT webcam.

8:10 p.m. Sunday: Four inches of snow fell at Metropolis, Ill., an NWS spotter reported.

8:00 p.m. Sunday: Nearly 4,500 flights have been delayed or canceled as a result of the winter storm, according to FlightStats.

7:45 p.m. Sunday: About 3,500 Entergy Arkansas power customers and 790 First Electric Cooperative customers were without service, the utilities reported.

7:30 p.m. Sunday: Moderate snow and ice reported on southeast Ohio highways, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.

7:15 p.m. Sunday: Pennsylvania Turnpike is operating under a winter weather advisory. All travelers are urged to reduce their speeds and keep alert.

7:00 p.m. Sunday: A quarter-inch of ice accreted at Union City, Tenn., a Obion County official reported to the National Weather Service.

5:40 p.m. Sunday: Thunder sleet reported 5 miles west of Millington, Tenn., according to NWS spotter.

6:30 p.m. Sunday: Photo by the Benton County, Ark., emergency manager of the crash scene involving a Florida State University track team bus.

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