Wintry storm ices roads across much of US Southeast

Wintry storm ices roads across much of US Southeast

Wintry storm ices roads across much of US Southeast

- Much of south and central Virginia are under either a Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory Sunday afternoon, as the National Weather Service says moderate to heavy snow continues over those areas. South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee also had outages reported Monday.

The nasty mix of ice and snow that blanketed the Southeast on the weekend is expected to linger through Monday, cancelling thousands of flights and causing a ripple through the whole system.

American Airlines canceled 1,100 flights-or three-quarters of scheduled arrivals and departures-set for Sunday along with the 225 on Saturday at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, CNBC reported.

Most of the canceled or delayed flights were traveling into or out of North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia.

The state emergency operations center also said one man died Sunday when a tree fell on him in Mecklenburg County, while an ailing woman died in Haywood County when her oxygen was cut off due to power outages.

North Carolina authorities declared a statewide emergency.

Emergency services in the city had a record 250 calls from stranded drivers from overnight into Sunday morning, city officials said.

Elsewhere, five members of a dive team searched the Neuse River in Kinston, North Carolina, for a missing driver Sunday after a tractor-trailer ran off a road and into the river, WRAL-TV reported. "Don't be fooled, this storm is treacherous".

North Carolina governor urges residents to get prepare for storm

Roy Cooper said Saturday that residents in the some parts of the state should be ready for a lengthy fight with the storm, which was beginning to dump sleet and snow across its western mountain areas Saturday night. There are risks of power outages in many areas.

The snow totals included 24 inches in Whitetop, Virginia. Most were in the Carolinas and Virginia.

"Getting out on unsafe roads could put your life at risk", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Cooper said while the worst of the storm has passed North Carolina, "we need to stay vigilant". It picks up late on Saturday, when blizzard conditions are possible in the higher Appalachians, with larger accumulations Sunday into early Monday morning across the zone. "Stay safe where you are".

Virginia State Police reported almost 60 crashes in Virginia because of the snow, with most crashes in the agency's Richmond division.

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

Crews in SC have dumped 156,000 gallons of brine on roads in the western part of the state to keep ice from building up as long as possible. "Please stay off the roads", Greenville County Emergency Management pleaded.

The National Weather Service warned on Monday that travel conditions remained hazardous for numerous affected areas and that additional power disruptions were possible.


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