Late Winter Storm Causes Travel Problems
March 15, 1999
A late-winter blanket of wet snow has been wreaking havoc across the Midwest and East Coast.
A storm dropped nearly 2 feet of snow in Missouri and Oklahoma over the weekend, then delivered snow, sleet, ice and rain Sunday night and Monday in the East. By Tuesday morning, up to 10 inches of snow were expected in Boston, while more than a foot had already piled up in southern Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
The weather was blamed for a pileup on Interstate 70 in Maryland this weekend involving more than 20 vehicles, according to published reports, including buses, tractor-trailers and at least 15 cars and trucks. None of the injuries was life-threatening.
Further south, the storm delivered rain, along with flash floods and tornado warnings. In Vinton, LA, a tanker truck carrying hydrochloric acid overturned in a heavy downpour. A 12-mile stretch of Interstate 10 was closed down.
The storm made its way into New England last night. By 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, the brunt of the snowstorm was centered over Bangor, ME, according to The Weather Channel (http://www.weather.com). Forecasters were predicting 3 to 6 inches of snow along the coast of eastern New England.
However, the snow won’t stick around long. Temperatures are expected to warm up starting today, with spring-like temperatures by this weekend.