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The Latest: Mix of snow, freezing rain pummels mid-Atlantic

January 13, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the weekend winter storm affecting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic (all times local):

12 p.m.

Virginia State Police say a fatal crash on Interstate 81 occurred when a military surplus vehicle’s driver lost control due to slick road conditions as a winter storm went through the region.

The accident happened Saturday night in a southbound lane of I-81 in Pulaski County. The vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers.

One tractor-trailer and the surplus truck stopped in the median, while the other tractor-trailer crossed northbound lanes and struck a fence.

State police said the surplus vehicle’s driver died at the scene. He was identified as 73-year-old Ronald W. Harris of Gainesville, Georgia. The tractor-trailer drivers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

A police spokeswoman said a Virginia medical examiner will officially determine whether Harris’ death was storm-related.

At least five other people have been were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri since Friday due to storm conditions.

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11:45 a.m.

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.

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