Snow and ice hit South, Mid-Atlantic in latest winter storm
NORTH CAROLINA (AP):
A snow and ice storm blasted parts of the Mid-Atlantic and the South yesterday, creating treacherous road conditions and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
Officials hoping to avoid a repeat of a disastrous February 2014 storm, when rush-hour traffic and a thin coating of ice left people stuck in cars or abandoning vehicles in Atlanta and Raleigh, urged people to stay off the roads in several states, but wrecks were reported along slick streets.
Schools and offices closed for the day, outages hit especially hard in the Carolinas and Georgia, and hundreds of flights were canceled.
In Durham, the snow on the roads was mostly untouched, indicating that drivers were probably listening to warnings.
"It doesn't look like there's a whole lot of tracks," said Frank Garrard, 65, a retired plumbing contractor. "Maybe they're getting smart enough not to venture out."
Joe Peldunas, a New Jersey native, shrugged about Southerners and snow. "They don't know how to drive," he said.
As Peldunas shoveled his driveway, no one else in the quiet Durham neighbourhood was out.
"In New Jersey, as soon as the snow stops, we get up and start shoveling," he said.
Central North Carolina expected about a quarter inch of snow and ice. Up to 3 inches of snow and sleet was forecast for the northeastern part of the state.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said at a morning news conference that 56,000 utility customers were without power as of 7 a.m., with most of the outages occurring in south-central North Carolina. And McCrory said a 19-year-old woman had died when she lost control of her vehicle in Hertford County. He did not provide further details.