Winter Storm Pummels East Coast

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) — Officials in Virginia say three people have died in a massive snowstorm that has dumped ten to 20 inches of snow on the region.

Traffic was shut down along Interstates 77 and 81, while over 29,000 customers were without power in the Shenandoah Valley, CNN reported Saturday

Michael Cline, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, told CNN there were hundreds of vehicles abandoned or stuck on roads. “There is already 1 to 2 feet of snow on the roads, and snow is still falling,” he said Saturday

The National Weather Service on Saturday issued winter storm warnings for metro areas including Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, as well as for southern New England states.

Parts of Maryland, and Long Island, N.Y., were under blizzard warnings.

On Friday, the storm brought inches of rain to Florida and snow to the mountains of North Carolina as it headed north.

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