'First Real Winter' Storm Buries Parts of South

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A winter snow storm over the President's Day weekend left tens of thousands without power across the South, caused icy conditions on roadways resulting in numerous traffic accidents.

Work crews were continuing efforts Monday to restore electricity from Kentucky and Tennessee to West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Most places only saw a few inches of snowfall, but some areas received as much as nine inches of the fluffy white stuff.

The National Weather Service said the system was expected to advance across the East Coast and push itself out to sea early Monday.

The winter storm came toward the end of a fairly mild winter in the region. It slowed down holiday travelers in five states with slippery conditions.

In Virginia, state police reported 700 accidents on Sunday night alone.

Dozens of wrecks were also reported in North Carolina as snow, sleet, and rain fell with little accumulation, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

Nick Fillo, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's Blacksburg, Va., office, said 5 to 8 inches of snow fell in the Blue Ridge Mountains, while about 3 to 6 inches fell on that state's Piedmont region.

"This was our first real winter storm," Fillo said.

Fillo said a low-pressure system would be coming out of the Rockies this week, bringing snow to the Great Lakes area but not significantly affecting the South.

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