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Updated: 12/08/2013 01:19:01AM

Snow, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of US

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Ashley Nadeau, 10, helps George Payovich into a polar bear suit for the Toys for Tots 5k run organized by the Yellowstone Rim Runners at Riverfront Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Billings, Mont. The 5k was not run, because of the cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

A worker from Wilson Air Center de-ices a Southwest Airlines plane before it lifts off towards Orlando, Fla. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and watches and an ice storm warning were in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

A worker from Wilson Air Center de-ices a Southwest Airlines plane before it lifts off towards Orlando, Fla. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and watches and an ice storm warning were in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

A worker from Wilson Air Center de-ices a Southwest Airlines plane before it lifts off towards Orlando, Fla. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and watches and an ice storm warning were in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

A worker from Wilson Air Center de-ices a Southwest Airlines plane before it lifts off towards Orlando, Fla. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and watches and an ice storm warning were in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

A worker from Wilson Air Center de-ices a Southwest Airlines plane before it lifts off towards Orlando, Fla. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and watches and an ice storm warning were in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

A worker from Wilson Air Center de-ices a Southwest Airlines plane before it lifts off towards Orlando, Fla. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and watches and an ice storm warning were in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

A worker from Wilson Air Center de-ices a Southwest Airlines plane before it lifts off towards Orlando, Fla. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and watches and an ice storm warning were in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

Jared Shepard, 5, plays in the snow in his front yard after several inches of snow and ice blanketed the area Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/The Southwest Times Record, Rachel Rodemann)

Jared Shepard, 5, plays in the snow in his front yard after several inches of snow and ice blanketed the area Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/The Southwest Times Record, Rachel Rodemann)

Jared Shepard, 5, plays in the snow in his front yard after several inches of snow and ice blanketed the area Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/The Southwest Times Record, Rachel Rodemann)

Jared Shepard, 5, plays in the snow in his front yard after several inches of snow and ice blanketed the area Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/The Southwest Times Record, Rachel Rodemann)

Jared Shepard, 5, plays in the snow in his front yard after several inches of snow and ice blanketed the area Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/The Southwest Times Record, Rachel Rodemann)

A car that slid off the road sits on the side of the highway near Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Icy conditions are expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee from a cold snap that covered much of the nation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baylor junior Michael Blair bundles up and holds a sign before an NCAA college football game between Texas and Baylor Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

A pedestrian passes beneath a snow-covered tree on Oak Street in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Brian Davies)

A pedestrian passes beneath a snow-covered tree on Oak Street in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Brian Davies)

A pedestrian passes beneath a snow-covered tree on Oak Street in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Brian Davies)

A pedestrian passes beneath a snow-covered tree on Oak Street in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Brian Davies)

A pedestrian passes beneath a snow-covered tree on Oak Street in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Brian Davies)

A pedestrian passes beneath a snow-covered tree on Oak Street in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Brian Davies)

A pedestrian passes beneath a snow-covered tree on Oak Street in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Brian Davies)

The sun rises over the hills south of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont. as the temperatures hover around 20 degrees below zero on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

Icicles hang from a highway sign near Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Icy conditions are expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee from a cold snap that covered much of the nation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Icicles hang from a highway sign near Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Icy conditions are expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee from a cold snap that covered much of the nation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Icicles hang from a highway sign near Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Icy conditions are expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee from a cold snap that covered much of the nation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Fans in the Baylor student section bundle up before an NCAA college football game between Texas and Baylor Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Icicles hang from a highway sign near Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Icy conditions are expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee from a cold snap that covered much of the nation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Icicles hang from a highway sign near Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Icy conditions are expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee from a cold snap that covered much of the nation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

How cold was it here? A frozen fountain at Chandler's Cove tells the tale at South Lake Union, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Seattle. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Ken Lambert)

How cold was it here? A frozen fountain at Chandler's Cove tells the tale at South Lake Union, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Seattle. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Ken Lambert)

How cold was it here? A frozen fountain at Chandler's Cove tells the tale at South Lake Union, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Seattle. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Ken Lambert)

How cold was it here? A frozen fountain at Chandler's Cove tells the tale at South Lake Union, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Seattle. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Ken Lambert)

How cold was it here? A frozen fountain at Chandler's Cove tells the tale at South Lake Union, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Seattle. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Ken Lambert)

How cold was it here? A frozen fountain at Chandler's Cove tells the tale at South Lake Union, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Seattle. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Ken Lambert)

How cold was it here? A frozen fountain at Chandler's Cove tells the tale at South Lake Union, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Seattle. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Ken Lambert)

A pedestrian walks down the street after heavy snowfall moved through the region on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

A pedestrian walks down the street after heavy snowfall moved through the region on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

A pedestrian walks down the street after heavy snowfall moved through the region on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

A pedestrian walks down the street after heavy snowfall moved through the region on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

A pedestrian walks down the street after heavy snowfall moved through the region on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

A pedestrian walks down the street after heavy snowfall moved through the region on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

A pedestrian walks down the street after heavy snowfall moved through the region on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

Snow falls as Gracie McGhee looks out the window as she waits for her ride on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

Snow falls as Gracie McGhee looks out the window as she waits for her ride on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

Snow falls as Gracie McGhee looks out the window as she waits for her ride on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

Snow falls as Gracie McGhee looks out the window as she waits for her ride on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

Snow falls as Gracie McGhee looks out the window as she waits for her ride on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

Snow falls as Gracie McGhee looks out the window as she waits for her ride on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

Snow falls as Gracie McGhee looks out the window as she waits for her ride on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

Santa rides his motorcycle along the route of the Twilight Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Maysville, Ky during a steady snowfall. Alan Henderson was portraying Santa Claus. (AP Photo/The Ledger Independent, Terry Prather).

Santa rides his motorcycle along the route of the Twilight Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Maysville, Ky during a steady snowfall. Alan Henderson was portraying Santa Claus. (AP Photo/The Ledger Independent, Terry Prather).

Santa rides his motorcycle along the route of the Twilight Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Maysville, Ky during a steady snowfall. Alan Henderson was portraying Santa Claus. (AP Photo/The Ledger Independent, Terry Prather).

Santa rides his motorcycle along the route of the Twilight Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Maysville, Ky during a steady snowfall. Alan Henderson was portraying Santa Claus. (AP Photo/The Ledger Independent, Terry Prather).

Santa rides his motorcycle along the route of the Twilight Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Maysville, Ky during a steady snowfall. Alan Henderson was portraying Santa Claus. (AP Photo/The Ledger Independent, Terry Prather).

Santa rides his motorcycle along the route of the Twilight Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Maysville, Ky during a steady snowfall. Alan Henderson was portraying Santa Claus. (AP Photo/The Ledger Independent, Terry Prather).

Santa rides his motorcycle along the route of the Twilight Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Maysville, Ky during a steady snowfall. Alan Henderson was portraying Santa Claus. (AP Photo/The Ledger Independent, Terry Prather).

University of Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, center, dumps a tub load of snow on fellow student Charley Gibson during a snow battle involving hundreds of students on campus Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

University of Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, center, dumps a tub load of snow on fellow student Charley Gibson during a snow battle involving hundreds of students on campus Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

University of Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, center, dumps a tub load of snow on fellow student Charley Gibson during a snow battle involving hundreds of students on campus Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

University of Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, center, dumps a tub load of snow on fellow student Charley Gibson during a snow battle involving hundreds of students on campus Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

University of Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, center, dumps a tub load of snow on fellow student Charley Gibson during a snow battle involving hundreds of students on campus Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

University of Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, center, dumps a tub load of snow on fellow student Charley Gibson during a snow battle involving hundreds of students on campus Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

University of Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, center, dumps a tub load of snow on fellow student Charley Gibson during a snow battle involving hundreds of students on campus Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

Capt. Diana Salmela, of the Marine Reserves, warms up by a fire in the picnic shelter at Riverfront Park as the Yellowstone Rim Runners hold their Toys for Tots 5k run on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Billings, Mont. The 5k was not run, because of the cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

Capt. Diana Salmela, of the Marine Reserves, warms up by a fire in the picnic shelter at Riverfront Park as the Yellowstone Rim Runners hold their Toys for Tots 5k run on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Billings, Mont. The 5k was not run, because of the cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

Capt. Diana Salmela, of the Marine Reserves, warms up by a fire in the picnic shelter at Riverfront Park as the Yellowstone Rim Runners hold their Toys for Tots 5k run on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Billings, Mont. The 5k was not run, because of the cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

Capt. Diana Salmela, of the Marine Reserves, warms up by a fire in the picnic shelter at Riverfront Park as the Yellowstone Rim Runners hold their Toys for Tots 5k run on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Billings, Mont. The 5k was not run, because of the cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

Capt. Diana Salmela, of the Marine Reserves, warms up by a fire in the picnic shelter at Riverfront Park as the Yellowstone Rim Runners hold their Toys for Tots 5k run on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Billings, Mont. The 5k was not run, because of the cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

Livestock huddle as they feed in an open field covered in ice, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, near Corinth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas County School buses sit with ice on their roofs in a frozen over lot in North Dallas, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

This photo shows icicles in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Forecasters expect up to 3 inches of snow on the coast, up to 10 inches east of the Cascade Range and wind chills were forecast as low as 25 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

This photo shows icicles in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Forecasters expect up to 3 inches of snow on the coast, up to 10 inches east of the Cascade Range and wind chills were forecast as low as 25 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

This photo shows icicles in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Forecasters expect up to 3 inches of snow on the coast, up to 10 inches east of the Cascade Range and wind chills were forecast as low as 25 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

This photo shows icicles in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Forecasters expect up to 3 inches of snow on the coast, up to 10 inches east of the Cascade Range and wind chills were forecast as low as 25 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

A lone vehicle drives on this section of North bound IH-35E as South bound traffic sits at a complete stop, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Sanger, Texas. Tractor trailers sits at a dead stop on IH 35 South bound as some people are seen walking on the highway, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, near Sanger, Texas. Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Hi-Five interchange where LBJ Freeway and Hwy 75 connect is shown with slow moving traffic moving navigating icy road conditions in all directions, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Dallas. Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

A worker from Wilson Air Center de-ices a Southwest Airlines plane before it lifts off towards Orlando, Fla. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and watches and an ice storm warning were in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)

Jared Shepard, 5, plays in the snow in his front yard after several inches of snow and ice blanketed the area Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/The Southwest Times Record, Rachel Rodemann)

A pedestrian passes beneath a snow-covered tree on Oak Street in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Brian Davies)

How cold was it here? A frozen fountain at Chandler's Cove tells the tale at South Lake Union, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Seattle. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Ken Lambert)

Snow falls as Gracie McGhee looks out the window as she waits for her ride on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

A pickup truck moves along the snow-covered roadway of Interstate 44 near 41st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service show that much of central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, received 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Northern portions of the state, including Enid and Ponca City, saw a dusting of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

Santa rides his motorcycle along the route of the Twilight Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Maysville, Ky during a steady snowfall. Alan Henderson was portraying Santa Claus. (AP Photo/The Ledger Independent, Terry Prather).

Capt. Diana Salmela, of the Marine Reserves, warms up by a fire in the picnic shelter at Riverfront Park as the Yellowstone Rim Runners hold their Toys for Tots 5k run on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Billings, Mont. The 5k was not run, because of the cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

University of Oregon football player Pharaoh Brown, center, dumps a tub load of snow on fellow student Charley Gibson during a snow battle involving hundreds of students on campus Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

A pedestrian walks down the street after heavy snowfall moved through the region on Dec. 6, 2013 in Carbondale, Ill. A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker)

This photo shows icicles in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Forecasters expect up to 3 inches of snow on the coast, up to 10 inches east of the Cascade Range and wind chills were forecast as low as 25 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

A lone vehicle is seen navigating icy road conditions on the fly over from IH-35W North to IH-35E South bound, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Denton, Texas. Icy sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Hi-Five interchange where LBJ Freeway and Hwy 75 connect is shown with vehicles trying to navigate the icy road conditions, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Dallas. Icy sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By ADRIAN SAINZ and JAMIE STENGLE

Associated Press

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.

Weather forecasters say the powerful weather system has Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic in its icy sights next.

Temperatures in Montana and South Dakota were more than 20 degrees below zero during the day Saturday while much of the Midwest was in the teens and single digits. Wind chill readings could drop as low as 50 below zero in northwestern Minnesota, weather officials said.

Icy conditions were expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee, and Virginia officials warned residents of a major ice storm likely to take shape Sunday, resulting in power outages and hazards on the roads.

In California, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay area and about a half-dozen traffic-related deaths were blamed on the weather in several states.

More than 100,000 customers in the Dallas area were without power Saturday, with about 7,000 in Oklahoma and thousands more in other states. Some 400 departing flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had been canceled in the morning, the airport said. About 3,330 passengers had stayed overnight in the terminals.

Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said.

Jody Gonzalez, chief of Denton County Emergency Services, said about 200 people were in shelters in the Sanger area after getting stuck on the highway. People in that area of I-35 were driving through ruts in 4-inch-thick ice, he said.

Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Releford said road graders and more sand and salt trucks were being sent to try to ease the ice problems.

“We’re sending in everything we’ve got,” said Releford.

Freezing rain and sleet are likely again Saturday night in Memphis, Nashville and other areas of Tennessee before the storm starts surging northeast.

“It looks like we’re going to be stuck with this for one, two, maybe three days,” said Memphis attorney Sam Chafetz, who was going home early to enjoy some bourbon-soaked sweet potatoes left over from Thanksgiving.

“I’m not afraid of the ice and snow, I’m afraid of the other drivers who don’t know how to drive in it,” Chafetz said.

In Virginia, state Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard said the storm had the potential to be a “historic ice event.”

“This forecast is very concerning to us,” Southard said Saturday. “I’ve worked multiple disasters, but I’ve never worked an ice storm with a forecast like this. It’s just really important for everybody to take extra precautions.”

The weather forced the cancellation of countless events, including Sunday’s Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months, and the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, expected to include 20,000. However, the football game between Central Florida and Southern Methodist in ice-covered Dallas went on in front of a sparse crowd.

Meanwhile, around 7 inches of snow fell in northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis, and 8 to 9 inches fell in parts of southern Indiana. The storm dumped a foot of snow and more in some areas of Illinois, with police scrambling to respond to dozens of accidents and forced scores of schools to remain closed.

Ice accumulated on trees and power lines in Memphis and the rest of West Tennessee after layers of sleet fell throughout the region Friday but most roads were passable Saturday.

Looking ahead, the National Weather Service says a wind chill advisory is in effect for parts of northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel. Forecasters say wind chill readings between zero and minus-5 degrees may occur. Usually in the area, snowstorms are followed by fairly quick rebounds into warm weather, but not this time.

Ice had built up on the windshields and roofs of parked cars throughout Memphis into Saturday. Law enforcement reported an increase in traffic crashes, and scattered power outages affected more than 3,000 people, emergency and utility officials said.

Residents were told to prepare for a few days without power, prompting them to rush to stores to stock up on groceries, buy electricity generators and gas up their cars. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell reminded residents to check on family and friends who are elderly, disabled or live alone.

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Stengle reported from Dallas. Associated Press writer John Raby in Charleston, W.Va., contributed to this report.


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