As much as 20 inches of snow fell across parts of the Carolinas, causing drivers to slip off slick roads.
About 300,000 people in the USA southeast were without power today and hundreds of flights were cancelled after a storm dumped 20 inches of snow and left one motorist dead. Before the storm even arrived, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties.
The morning snow should slowly drift south and east during the day, National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Moore said. "Don't be fooled, this storm is treacherous".
Winter storm slams large part of U.S.
Many churches in the Charlotte area preemptively canceled Sunday services, CNN affiliate WSOC reported, and the city of Charlotte is prepping emergency shelters.
Twenty inches of snow fell in some areas of western North Carolina Sunday, but Mecklenburg County got only 1 to 4 inches of snow and ice. Cooper said one tractor trailer ran off a road and into a river. States of Carolina and Virginia are the ones getting affected this time.
"We've seen too many collisions", Cooper said. It picks up late on Saturday, when blizzard conditions are possible in the higher Appalachians, with larger accumulations Sunday into early Monday morning across the zone.
Nearly 60 crashes were reported in Virginia, state police told local media, with the number rising to 500 in North Carolina between midnight and 11:00 local time on Sunday.
Authorities responded to more than 500 vehicle crashes between midnight and 11 a.m. Sunday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. While there are almost 9,000 workers responding to outages, Duke Energy said it could take days before all the lights come back on, reports CBS News' Meg Oliver. If you can't stay home, stay alert.
Officials in Lubbock say local roadways became quickly passable after the storm thanks to temperatures climbing above freezing and efforts to pre-treat roads before the wintry weather hit.
At 8 a.m., the flight tracking site FlightAware.com reported 382 cancellations Monday at Charlotte's airport.
In South Carolina, a state known for palmettos rather than freezing rain, ice-covered roads are making driving conditions perilous.
Officials warned residents to prepare emergency kits and stay off roads in impacted areas.