A winter storm that has brought havoc to airline and highway traffic across much of the nation crawled east Sunday, pummeling the Southeast with snow and sleet.
Almost 300,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama early Sunday. Thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed from Texas to the Carolinas.
In North Carolina, more than 1,000 flights were cancelled in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport alone. Parts of North Carolina could see snow measured in feet rather than inches before the storm finally rolls out to sea, a forecast that compelled Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency.
In the western part of the state, the city of Boone already had 10 inches of snow early Sunday.
“This is a snow storm, not a snowfall – it’s serious,” Gov. Cooper said. “In the Piedmont to western parts of our state, we’re preparing for days of impact, not hours.”