SEVERE weather in Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia has so far killed five people, with strong winds toppling trees and a massive blizzard leaving hundreds stranded in their homes or on the road.
In Montgomery County, Maryland, where some areas got more than a meter of snow, a lawn collided with an SUV on Columbia Pike Road, killing three people.
A fourth person has been reported hospitalized Accident.
Two children, in Tennessee and Georgia, were killed when a tree fell on their home.
A winter storm brought heavy snow to Townsend, Tennessee, where a tree fell on a vacation rental near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, killing a seven year old girl.
In DeKalb County, Georgia, one five year old boy died when strong winds toppled a tree in the middle of his house.
He is named Zachariah Jackson.
According to Fire Brigade Captain Jaeson Daniels, the property has been “split in half”.
The Atlanta area recorded more than 6 inches of rain in December, and gusts of up to 44mph were recorded overnight during the storm, as mixed snow and winter blew through the area.
In Maryland, a salt truck driver was stuck on 50th eastbound on I-97 when a tractor-trailer hit him.
Federal worker Shawn Devroude, 52, told Related press: “It was humid and foggy yesterday, then 6 inches of snow this morning, not even 12 hours later.”
Temperatures drop to 13 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of Virginia, where cars and trucks remain locked on Interstate 95 for more than 24 hours after multiple trailers collided or collided, blocking exits.
Heavy snow made rescue efforts along the 50-mile stretch impossible and the slippery roads impassable.
The stranded motorists were stuck in heavy traffic jams, some remained without heat because they were forced to shut down their car engines to save fuel, WTOP report.
One person told the store they were stranded on the interstate with their three kids, including a baby.
Senator Tim Kaine said he was stuck on the interstate for more than 24 hours while heading to Washington DC; The senator has yet to confirm that he got off the Interstate safely.
Off the highway, about 400,000 people do not have electricity.
About 12 inches of snow fell in Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg saw about 14 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service, according to the National Weather Service.
CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri warned that it could take weeks for the snow to melt.
Javaheri said the white snow reflects sunlight and prevents the ground from warming enough to melt it.
Meteorologists warn that it takes about three days with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-4 inches of snow to melt.
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