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Snow, Ice, Deep-Freeze Chill Large Swath of US

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A late fall cold snap that has created misery in much of the country is now heading toward the Mid-Atlantic states.
Icy conditions are expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee. Virginia officials are warning residents that a major ice storm is likely to take shape Sunday, resulting in power outages and hazards on the roads.
About a-half-dozen traffic-related deaths in several states are being blamed on the weather.

(AP) -- A large swath of the U.S. is experiencing frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. Several deaths have been reported, most a result of treacherous driving conditions. More than a thousand flights have been canceled, numerous football and basketball games postponed and holiday celebrations -- including tree lightings and parades -- curtailed.

ARKANSAS
A day after freezing rain, sleet and snow brought most of Arkansas to a near standstill Friday, the sun began to help melt ice on major roadways.
About 28,000 homes and businesses were without power on Saturday, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said, down from the peak of 60,000.
There is a chance of freezing rain across the state on Saturday, with temperatures staying below freezing. Authorities have said weather was a contributing factor in at least two deaths in the state.

CALIFORNIA
Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said.
One victim was found dead Nov. 28, and the other deaths were discovered in the last two days, Santa Clara County sheriff's Lt. Dave Lera said Friday. Lera said three of the victims died at homeless encampments in San Jose, while a fourth died in a garage "with the door opened."
Temperatures in San Jose fell to 30 degrees Friday morning, breaking the record low of 32 degrees for that date, which was set in 1904.

COLORADO
Colorado residents were bracing for another round of snow this weekend as blistering cold temperatures continue across the state.
The weather service issued a winter storm watch through Sunday for the Western Slope. Forecasters say up to a foot more of snow is expected in the mountains.

ILLINOIS
A storm that marched across Illinois on Friday dumped a foot of snow or more in some areas, and temperatures Saturday were expected to get no higher than the high teens or low 20s.
The weather led to the cancellation of the 23rd annual Fantastic Parade that was scheduled for Saturday night in Carbondale was canceled.

INDIANA
As much as 10 inches of snow fell in parts of Indiana during a two-day ice and snowstorm. Two people were killed on treacherous roads.
The roads proved even too hazardous for a Department of Transportation plow truck that flipped onto its side on Indiana 45.

KENTUCKY
Sleet and snow moved into Kentucky on Friday, along with plummeting temperatures.
The western and central parts of the state were under winter storm warnings, and a flood watch in eastern Kentucky was in effect into Saturday morning.

MINNESOTA
Some cities in Minnesota canceled weekend parades because of the bitter cold.
Highs Saturday were forecast to range from 5 to 10 below in northern Minnesota to around 5 above in the far southeast. St. Cloud's Winter Nights and Lights Parade and Santa Fun Run were canceled because of the dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast.

MISSISSIPPI
Parts of north Mississippi will come under a winter weather advisory Saturday night into Sunday as a second wave of freezing rain moves into the region.
The National Weather Service said ice accumulations are not expected to exceed one-tenth of inch -- enough for motorists to be cautious with overnight temperatures dropping in the upper 20s to near freezing.

MISSOURI
A dangerous mix of snow, ice and sleet that hammered southern Missouri on Friday caused numerous accidents, including a wreck that killed a small-town mayor.
There were reports of sleet a quarter-inch thick in the Cape Girardeau area, with snow on top of it.
Making matters worse was the bitter cold, with wind chills dipping to near zero.

NEVADA
Northern Nevada had bone-chilling temperatures on Friday, and forecasters said colder weather was yet to come in the state, with tourists possibly seeing snow flurries over the weekend against the neon marquees of the Las Vegas Strip.
National Weather Service meteorologist Clay Morgan in Las Vegas said trace accumulations of snow were possible Saturday in hillside neighborhoods north and west of downtown Sin City, but measurable snow wasn't likely amid the casino resorts on Las Vegas Boulevard.

NEW JERSEY
Forecasters warned that New Jersey drivers could face slippery conditions over the weekend as a wintry mix of snow and sleet moved into the state beginning Friday night into Saturday.

OHIO
People in parts of southwestern and central Ohio expected a brief reprieve from the snowfall that created hazardous driving conditions Friday before another round of snow was expected to move into the state Sunday.

OKLAHOMA
A storm dumped several inches of sleet, ice and snow on much of Oklahoma, and caused at least two deaths.
In the hard-hit town of Hugo, about 160 miles south of Tulsa, residents and business owners said tree limbs cracked and power lines snapped under the weight of a layer of ice.

OREGON
Snow began to let up in Oregon, but forecasters said arctic air would intensify the cold snap through the weekend. The National Weather Service said conditions by the middle of next week could be milder and wetter.

TEXAS
Traffic was at a standstill for several hours at a time on ice-laden stretches of Interstate 35 in North Texas. Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said "several miles" of the interstate had been backed up for 24 hours.
More than 117,000 electric customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were without power Saturday morning.
More than 350 departing flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had been cancelled on Saturday morning. About 3,330 passengers stayed the night in airport terminals.
Temperatures were forecast to stay below freezing through the weekend, meaning residents may still have to contend with icy roads.

VIRGINIA
Weather officials said an ice storm is imminent throughout much of Virginia early Sunday through Monday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for at least 28 counties in southwestern and central Virginia. Accumulations of up to an inch of snow and sleet are likely through Sunday afternoon, followed by up to a half inch of ice through Monday morning.

WASHINGTON
The National Weather Service says the cold snap has brought the coldest temperatures in three years to western Washington. Meteorologist Josh Smith in Seattle says the forecast Saturday of 18 at Sea-Tac Airport would be the coldest since November 2010 and tie the record low set on Dec. 7 in 1972.
The temperature Thursday at Pullman's airport was a record-breaking minus-3.

WEST VIRGINIA
Up to an inch and snow and sleet and a half-inch of ice is in the forecast for parts of West Virginia.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for six southern and southeastern counties from early Sunday through Monday morning.

WISCONSIN
Wind chills are dipping well below zero from central to northeast Wisconsin, prompting the National Weather Service to issue wind chill advisories. Meteorologists say wind chills will be between minus-20 and minus 30 degrees on Saturday.
Southwest and central Wisconsin could also see 4 to 5 inches of fluffy snow Sunday.


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