Snow, ice snarls Detroit interstates with pileups

Posted: 02/16/13 at 8:35 pm EST      Last Updated: 02/16/13 at 10:44 pm EST

DETROIT, Mich. (NBC) -- Whiteout conditions in the Detroit area on Saturday caused pile-ups involving dozens of cars and trucks that closed several highways, including Interstates 75 and 96, all part of a weather system that brought winter storm warnings for parts of New England.

The largest crash was on Interstate 75, NBC station WDIV of Detroit reported, citing police in Woodhaven. There were reports of injuries but no fatalities in the 44-vehicle crash on I-75, the Detroit Free Press reported. But a driver was killed in a crash on I-96, WDIV said, citing Michigan state police.

Snow on Saturday night also caused dozens of crashes in West Virginia and brought the closure of I-64, NBC station BOY of Clarksburg reported.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for eastern Massachusetts, including the Boston area, and Rhode Island through 7 p.m. ET Sunday. Up to 10 inches of snow accumulation was possible for some areas on Sunday, the weather service said.

The culprit is a large dip in the jet stream that brought colder-than-average temperatures to the eastern U.S., weather.com reported -- resulting in freeze warnings for parts of northern Florida. That was combined with a low-pressure system heading north that was expected to be off New England Sunday morning.

Snow was falling in the Carolinas, including a dusting for Myrtle Beach, S.C., but that was expected to end Saturday night, weather.com said. Maine could get more than 6 inches. Snow also was possible across Connecticut.

Weather.com said there was high degree of uncertainty about the snowfall total: "A slight jog in the track of the low to the east or west could result in less or more snow for the locations in New England highlighted above."

Much of New England just finished digging out after a historic winter storm that dumped 30 inches of snow on parts of Massachusetts and even more in Connecticut.

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