Winter storm causes icy roads across swath of South

Winter storm causes icy roads across swath of South

The storm may affect airports including Asheville and Raleigh-Durham International in North Carolina, Lynchburg and Roanoke in Virginia and Greenville-Spartanburg International, South Carolina.

The major winter storm that just pummeled the Southeast brought Whitetop, Virginia, two feet of snow, parts of West Virginia 20 inches, parts of North Carolina nearly 19 inches as double-digit totals were reported in South Carolina, Tennessee and as far west as Texas.

Authorities have responded to hundreds of traffic accidents as a winter storm dumps snow and ice on parts of the Southeast.

As much as 20 inches of snow fell across parts of the Carolinas, causing drivers to slip off slick roads.

Even before the storm hit, Cooper declared a statewide emergency.

A major winter storm is threatening to deliver snow, ice and flooding across much of the United States over the next few days.

About 1 to 2 inches of snow could fall in the higher elevations of North Georgia, with up to 5 inches on the highest ridges Sunday night into Monday.

Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri began to see snow and ice arrive overnight on Friday into Saturday. "Don't be fooled, this storm is treacherous".

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By mid-morning Sunday, there had been two areas with outages across the city, leaving around 200 customers without power, according to Rebecca Agner, communications and marketing director with the city of Wilson. One tractor trailer ran off a road and into a river, Cooper said. Most were in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Governor Roy Cooper announced on Sunday that North Carolina is still under a state of emergency. In South Carolina, more than 225,600 customers have lost power.

It was expected to be 11 a.m. Monday before Winter Storm Warnings were lifted through Greenbrier, Mercer, Summers and Monroe counties. The Highway Patrol already had responded to more than 670 collisions and almost 1,600 calls for services since the storm began. "Stay safe where you are".

Virginia Department of Transportation officials told WTVR Sunday that road crews were working 12-hour shifts until all roads were passable.

About 3,000 flights were canceled over the weekend due to the storm, but more travel misery is expected, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

The local National Weather Service office had to adjust its forecast map Sunday after it became clear more ice was expected near Interstate 85.

Officials have warned residents to prepare emergency kits and staff off roads in impacted areas.

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