At least two people died as winter storm Izzy continued to wreak havoc on the East Coast.
More than 50 million Americans are being warned for winter weather and motorists have been warned not to travel because up to 10 inches of snow has fallen in North Carolina.
Freezing rain hit Durham and Raleigh on Sunday as temperatures dropped to as low as 25F.
Latron K Williams and Katie Jo Brainard, of Myrtle Beach, were killed on their i-95 when a blue Honda CRV veered off the road and hit a tree in Raleigh, WPDE report.
According to the state highway patrol, the preliminary cause of the crash was “above the safe speed limit”.
And at the time of the incident, soldiers said the weather was a “mix of winter rain”.
A tractor-trailer skidded off the Highway 147 bridge in Durham as drivers struggled to navigate in difficult conditions.
The taxi appeared to be landing on the right while the tow truck tilted down the road, WRAL reported.
The truck driver was on his way to a factory in the Amazon. He was taken to hospital but is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
Governor Roy Cooper warned motorists: “The best way to avoid a car accident or get stuck is to stay in place.
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“If you have to go, slow down, increase the distance behind and make sure to clear all the ice out of your vehicle.”
Meanwhile, meteorologist Brian Shrader of WRAL said: “The best advice I can give you is to stay at home if possible and wait for this to happen.”
In Virginia, state police responded to about 1,000 traffic crashes and disabled vehicles on Sunday.
More than 130,000 people in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania were without power as maintenance workers frantically worked to restore supplies, according to poweroutage.us.
Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia, warned motorists about the possibility of black ice.
He tweeted on Sunday: “It will be very dangerous in many parts of our state.
“In addition, the possibility of a power line failure is now very high. So the less traffic we have on our roads, the easier it is for our partners to clear the roads and restore power.”
The Carolinas alone have about 60,000 powerless people.
Thousands of flights were canceled at 6 a.m. ET, leaving travelers stranded.
More than 200 flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina were disrupted – nearly a third of the airport’s schedule.
On Sunday, more than 3,000 flights to and from the United States were canceled, while 4,656 were delayed, according to Flight Aware, according to Flight Aware.
About a foot of snow is forecast in parts of New England, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania through Tuesday.
CNN meteorologist Michael Guy warned that 8-12 inches of white matter could fall over Pittsburgh and New York.
However, some coastal cities in Virginia and Maine could be devastated by coastal flooding, with gusts of up to 65 mph expected.
Guy revealed that temperatures will drop below freezing at least until Wednesday across large swaths of the country because of the drop in the Arctic.
Countries have activated their National Guard as they prepare to respond to icy conditions.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said: “We have done a great job preparing for this storm.
“We think with the way this weather pattern works, where the first snow falls, the temperature of all the highways has gone up so we’re really pleased with that.”
He said officials will be monitoring conditions “closely” on I-95 – weeks after drivers were stranded for more than 15 hours by a snow bomb that ripped through the state.
Senator Tim Kaine said he was stuck on the interstate for 19 hours while heading to Washington DC.
Some have no heat because they have to turn off the car’s engine to save fuel, WTOP report.
One person told the store they were stranded on the interstate with their three kids, including a baby.
Another said he was stuck in traffic on the interstate for two and a half hours, fearing he would miss his father’s funeral.
Wild weather also affected Florida as the southwest part of the Sunshine State was covered by tornadoes.
More than two dozen homes were gutted in Lee County and thousands lost power.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service said the spiral had been above the ground for nearly two miles.
Edward Murray, 81, was in his mobile home when the tornado toppled a neighbor’s home.
He told The Naples Daily News: “It was my house that was turned upside down. “The tornado ripped me off my feet, blew me toward the east wall, and buried me under the sink, the fridge, the kitchen chair and everything else.”
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