Diego Bears Down on Southeast

A winter storm kept dumped immobilizing snow sleet or freezing rain across several southern states leaving dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity

Police did not immediately release the identity of the driver.

In York County, South Carolina, near the border with North Carolina, authorities late Saturday afternoon discovered the bodies of three men, ages 25, 29 and 37, who were believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning. North Carolina State Highway Patrol warned that even after streets are treated, they can freeze over again.

Maryland State Police in the southern part of the state have activated a snow emergency plan. "It's December. This is not the time of year that they would typically get this stuff".

The higher elevations of the Ozark Mountains were expected to see 2 to 6 inches of snow on top of a glaze of ice up to a quarter of an inch.

A snowstorm in the Southeast has prompted the cancellation of a holiday train in northwest Tennessee.

The park says a full refund will be given to Sunday's Polar Express ticketholders.

The weather system dumped record rain in California before bringing a rare ten inches of snow to Lubbock, Texas. The city of Richmond and surrounding areas received about 9 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia.

Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays over the weekend.

"North Carolina is in the cold icy grip of a mammoth winter storm", Gov. Roy Cooper said.

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More than 70 schools were closed on Monday, and Cooper issued a state of emergency that activated the National Guard to help with relief efforts. "He exited the tractor and trailer and was using a snow shovel to clear the snow to get him back on the road, and after he had shoveled snow for quite a while. he went into cardiac arrest".

Snow was expected to fall through Sunday afternoon.

"Stay put if you can", Cooper urged Sunday.

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.

Millions of people across the Southeast are bracing for a winter blast.

A wintry storm tearing through the Southeast threatens to keep residents stuck at home as risky driving conditions, canceled flights and power outages could stretch for days.

More than 300,000 power outages were reported across the region with the majority of those - about 240,000 - in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us.

North Carolina is hunkering down for another big storm, and more than 100,000 of its residents are without power and hundreds of flights have been canceled as Winter Storm Diego rolled through on Sunday, reports CNN.

Charlotte-Douglas is the second-largest hub of American Airlines.

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