A major winter storm hit large parts of the eastern United States with snow, ice and strong winds on Sunday, causing widespread travel disruptions and power outages during a holiday weekend.
Winter weather forecasts stretched more than 1,000 miles (1,609 km) from Alabama to Maine, with governors of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina all declaring emergencies due to the storm.
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More than 200,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia reported power outages, according to PowerOutage.US, a website that tracks power outages.
In North Carolina, where some regions experienced record snowfall, two people died Sunday when they lost control of their car in Raleigh.
The highest number of snowfalls was expected along the backbone of the Appalachians as well as across the lower Great Lakes.
The storm made its way through the Mid-Atlantic region toward New England Sunday night, bringing snow that is expected to change to ice, sleet and eventually rain, the National Weather Service said.
Heavy snow, blizzard will hit Atlantic Canada
In Canada, the storm is expected to dump between 20-40 cm (8-16 inches) of snow through Monday morning over parts of southern and eastern Ontario, the Canadian province that shares part of its border with the state of New York, Environment Canada said.
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The bad weather is hitting just as schools in Ontario were set to reopen for personal classes on Monday after the winter break was extended due to the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant.
More than 3,000 flights within, into or out of the United States were canceled Sunday, and more than 8,000 flights were delayed, according to FlightAware data.
American Airlines Group Inc experienced more than 660 flight cancellations. More than 90% of flights to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, an American Airlines hub, were canceled, the FlightAware website https://flightaware.com/live/cancelled showed.
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American Airlines said it allows customers affected by the weather to rebook flights free of charge.
Toronto, home to Canada’s busiest airport, is set to see accumulations of 15 to 20 inches of snow.
This was a long weekend for most people in the United States, as Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Sunday that people should avoid unnecessary travel in areas affected by the storm.
“If you’re capable tonight and early tomorrow, stay home and off the roads,” Kemp said on Twitter. “It will be treacherous in many parts of our state.”