A deadly winter storm that has been tormenting travelers across the US since before Thanksgiving moved to the Northeast on Sunday, packing one last punch of snow and ice as people made their way home after the holiday weekend, the AP reports. The National Weather Service predicted more than a foot of snow in swaths of upstate New York and New England, as well as ice accumulations in parts of Pennsylvania. "We've got our shovels ready. We've got the snowblower ready. We're prepared," said a Connecticut resident. The same storm has been pummeling the US for days as it moves cross country, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain. In detail:
- Two boys, ages 5 and 8, died Saturday near Patton, Missouri, when the vehicle they were riding in was swept off flooded roads. The bodies of two children were found in central Arizona after the vehicle they were in was swept away while crossing a swollen creek. A third child is missing. A 48-year-old man died in a separate incident near Sedgewickville, Missouri, and a storm-related death was also reported in South Dakota.
- Also in South Dakota, a small-engine plane carrying 12 people crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday afternoon, killing nine people and injuring three others. Federal aviation investigators are looking into whether snowy weather was a factor.
- Major highways reopened Sunday in Wyoming and Colorado, a day after blizzard conditions clogged roads with snow drifts. Road crews were able to reopen all of Interstate 25 and most of I-80 in Wyoming early Sunday after strong winds abated. Major interstates in Colorado were also reopened. Still, authorities warned travelers to remain alert for slick conditions and blowing snow.
- The city of Duluth, Minnesota, was blanketed with nearly 28 inches of snow as of noon Sunday. City officials said streets were impassible and residents should stay inside.
- As of 12:30pm, more than 500 Sunday flights were cancelled in the US, compared with about 400 on Saturday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.
- In the mountain communities northeast of Los Angeles, nearly 9,000 utility customers were without power because of the storm.
- Much of interior Massachusetts could get up to a foot of snow. Boston is projected to get between 3 and 6 inches of snow, but Mayor Marty Walsh says schools will be open on Monday.
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