A powerful winter storm that hit the U.S. Southeast over the weekend killed at least one motorist, leaving over 310,000 customers without power and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday.
A winter storm warning stayed in effect for most of North Carolina, Virginia and southern West Virginia as not less than an additional 2 inches (5 cm) of snow and sleet were expected to fall overnight and into Monday after more than a foot (30 cm) of snow fell over the weekend.
Authorities announced hundreds of spinouts and impacts across the region as snow, sleet and freezing rain covered roadways across the region on Sunday.
Divers looked for a driver whose 18-wheeler was found in a river in Kinston, North Carolina on Sunday morning, a NBC associate in Raleigh reported. WRAL-TV also reported that a driver was killed outside of Charlotte when a tree fell on a car.
Over 310,000 customers were without power in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia on Sunday evening. Poweroutage.us reported
The storm caused over 1,000 flight cancellations at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the sixth-busiest airport in the country, and other airports across the region, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Sunday said that the state of emergency would stay in effect and that the North Carolina National Guard had been activated to help with the response.
Officials warned the impacts of the storm could last for days in the state.
In North Raleigh, residents woke up to so many inches of snow that covered the roads, cars and homes. Many people took to Twitter to share photos of the abnormal harsh weather, and the hashtag #Snowmageddon2018 was trending on Twitter on Sunday morning.
In South Carolina, snow allowed sleet and rain as temperatures hovered around freezing, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said on Twitter.
The storm formed earlier this week off the Texas coast and moved east, thrashing parts of Arkansas and Tennessee with icy rain.