Winter storm knocks out power to more than 200,000 customers

Winter storm knocks out power to more than 200,000 customers

Winter storm knocks out power to more than 200,000 customers

Much of the U.S. Southeast ground to a halt on Sunday as a powerful winter storm swept into the region, dropping an huge amount of snow on a region not usually associated with snowfall measured in feet. Cooper said some crashes had caused major delays on interstate highways. More than 82,000 were without power in SC, while a total of about 75,000 outages were reported across Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

But the commuters' nightmare provided pre-winter thrills for kids and the young at heart, who were able to go sledding and build snowmen in places that don't often see so much of the white stuff. The Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf also canceled transportation Sunday and classes for Monday.

Many people took to Twitter to share photos of the unusually harsh weather, and the hashtag #Snowmageddon2018 was trending on Twitter on Sunday morning.

The wet snow was flawless for making snowmen and snowballs as area children soon discovered.

A few cars passed on the road, but several people decided it was safer to get where they were going by foot.

Virginia is under a state of emergency ahead of a winter storm that is expected to impact the Commonwealth on Sunday. Ray Cooper said Monday.

Temperatures in the southeast and Appalachians will be 5-10 degrees below average on Monday and Tuesday mornings, he said.

"She seems to like it, " he said, holding a walking stick for extra traction.

Josie an English Retriever plays in the snow as her owners Dawn and Mark Lundblad walk a snow-covered Sandy Cove Drive Sunday

The state had 500 vehicle accidents in an 11-hour period, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Authorities reported hundreds of spinouts and collisions across the region as snow, sleet and freezing rain covered roadways across the region on Sunday.

In just five days, one storm has affected every southern USA state from California eastward to Virginia, affecting millions of people in its path.

Police in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews said Sunday that the vehicle was traveling down a street when the tree fell on it. North Carolina is expected to be the worst hit.

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

American Airlines, whose second-largest hub is in Charlotte, has canceled 1,100 flights for Sunday. "We've brought in about a thousand line crews and tree crews from as far away as the Midwest", said Jeff Brooks.

Portions of Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee reported snow totals greater than 6 inches, with high terrain areas in southwestern North Carolina near Saluda reporting 18.5 inches, according to The Weather Channel.

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