UPDATE 2-Storm pushes up U.S. East Coast after deep-freeze in the South

Sun Dec 8, 2013 10:30pm EST
 
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By Victoria Cavaliere

Dec 8 (Reuters) - A massive winter storm that left parts of the Southeastern United States in a deep freeze pushed up the East Coast on Sunday, with snow and ice snarling road travel and forcing another round of airline cancellations.

The storm system dropped between 3 and 6 inches (7.6 and 15.2 cm) of snow on West Virginia early Sunday before blanketing the Washington, D.C., metro area with its first accumulation of the season.

Marching north, it was expected to pummel the East Coast with snow, sleet, and freezing rain from Baltimore to north of Portland, Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm system coated roads and highways from Virginia through southeastern Pennsylvania with snow and ice, and reduced visibility made car travel treacherous. The Delaware Memorial Bridge, which links Delaware with New Jersey, was closed briefly "due to ice and multiple accidents," according to the bridge's official Twitter account.

Parts of Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey could get up to a foot (30 cm) of snow, said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"What's really significant about this system is this narrow band of heavy snow in some areas," he said.

Flights to and from Philadelphia International were temporarily grounded, the Federal Aviation Administration said.   Continued...