As a snowstorm unraveled from Texas to North Carolina and Virginia, snow and ice left a trail of disruption on Wednesday into Thursday.
In some of the hardest-hit areas, hundreds of thousands were without power as the accumulation of snow and ice weighed down power lines. A swath of 6-12 inches of snow fell from far northeastern Texas to western North Carolina.
Duke Energy in North Carolina reported more than 200,000 customers were affected by power outages. With storm impacts still creating hazardous travel conditions on Thursday morning, the city of Charlotte operated under a two-hour delay. Federal agencies in Washington, D.C., operated under a two-hour delay as well as the storm trekked northeast.
For those still without power, cold conditions will remain a concern.
"Temperatures will drop into the teens and lower 20s each night through Saturday in most areas that received snow from the recent storm," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
"In terms of roads and sidewalks, areas made wet and slushy by natural melting during the day will freeze. Motorists and pedestrians should be on the lookout for areas of black ice into Friday's morning commute," he added.
A record-breaking 8.1 inches of snow fell in Huntsville, Alabama, the second-highest daily snowfall to ever hit the city. In Starkville, Mississippi, more than 2 inches of snow blanketed the town, prompting Mississippi State University to cancel classes for the day. In-state rival University of Mississippi canceled classes and activities Wednesday and Thursday as the storm blasted the area.
One student was killed in a sledding accident on Wednesday after striking a stop sign at the end of a hill, Oxford Police reported.
Numerous vehicle accidents were reported from Texas to Virginia into Thursday morning as road conditions rapidly deteriorated during the course of the storm. Motorists were urged to limit travel when possible and stay off roadways.
Air travel was also inhibited by the hefty winter storm. At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the country's busiest airports, nearly 600 flights were canceled on Wednesday with another 500 delays.