Southeast Digs Out from Weekend's Winter Blast

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WASHINGTON -  From the Midwest to the Northeast, Americans are digging out from the monster snowstorm that hit the U.S. over the weekend.

One woman in Oklahoma and four people in North Carolina died as a result of the winter weather.

Driving the Treacherous Highways

Police cleared hundreds of wrecks on interstates from Texas to Washington, but there were no deaths.

The roads were so treacherous, even long-time veterans of driving on the ice had troubles.

"'Course I was watching what I was doing and I still hit ice," one person said.

Some drivers abandoned their vehicles rather than risk an accident. Many folks just decided it was too deadly to even consider getting behind the wheel.

"Most of our windy roads are cliff on cliff and then a road, so if you hit black ice, you're done for," Codie Leigh Perez, at High Valley Log Cabins Resort, said.

The biggest problem for many was power, specifically the lack thereof. Some in Oklahoma lost power Thursday.

"That's the hardest part. Calling around and finding out when the power's gonna be on," Pauline Herrin, who is staying at temporary shelter, said. "They said Monday. Somebody said today. But it ain't gonna be today."

Even places where people go to escape the winter suffered in this storm.

"I'm heading to Hilton Head. I got golf clubs in the trunk, should have brought ice skates," one person said.

The snow, the ice, the heavy winds led to several hundred cancelled flights, and in some cases, nearly empty airports, like the one in Raleigh, N.C.

This stranded Russian can't believe how easily the elements bring things to a halt in America. He says it's not like that back home.

"It's like snowy all the winter and you can't delay all the flights," Slava Bukatin, traveler, said.

Six to eight inches of snow and bone-chilling temperatures hit us here in the nation's capitol. That slammed the brakes on many activities, even the goodbye ceremony for a giant panda leaving the National Zoo for a move to China.

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