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Major Winter Storm Leaves 550,000 Without Power in the Southeast

Heavy snow and icy temperatures gripped parts of the US this weekend, with the storm leaving more than 550,000 without power in the Southeast.

Among those, more than 247,000 customers in North Carolina were without power Sunday afternoon, more than 82,000 in South Carolina, and another 75,000 in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Parts of Georgia also saw outages.

“Over 20 million people are under winter weather alerts, over 8 million people are under a flash flood threat, and over 9 million people are under wind advisories,” CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said Sunday.

More than 12 inches of snow fell Sunday in the southern and central Appalachians, the National Weather Service said. The area with the highest snowfall total was Whitetop, Virginia, at the border of North Carolina, which had 2 feet of snow, according to CNN meteorologist Gene Norman.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport received about 7 inches of snow Sunday, according to CNN affiliate WTVD, which was the most snow at the airport since 2002.

Charlotte also saw record-setting snowfall totals. With 2.7 inches, the city had its snowiest December since 1997, according to CNN affiliate WSOC-TV.

Snowfall could total 12 to 20 inches over the Appalachians and into the Carolinas by Monday, when the storm is expected to move off the coast, the NWS said.

Texas was also heavily hit, with Lubbock breaking records.

The NWS warned that the snowfall would continue until Monday, with the heaviest amounts in northwest North Carolina and southern Virginia.

Temperatures are forecast to hold well below freezing in many regions, too — not a great time to be without power.

The cold times are here.

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