Winter storm coats parts of the South, in the direction of New England

A city worker removes snow from a crosswalk if a winter storm blankets the area in Carrboro, N. C., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. The snow and the hail struck a large swath of the East Coast on Saturday, coating roads with ice and leaving hundreds of accidents (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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DURHAM, N. C. – A winter storm that left a glaze of ice and snow in parts of the South and is blamed for at least three deaths attention to New England, where travel conditions are already treacherous and a chain-reaction accident on a Connecticut road involved nearly two dozen cars.

Before the storm churned north along the Atlantic coast, left icy conditions in Alabama and Mississippi, where a former governor was admitted to the hospital after he slipped and fell on his icy driveway. At least seven locations in North Carolina reported 10 inches of snow as the storm entered the state on Saturday, and the snow storm occurred in southeastern Virginia.

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The three deaths associated with the storm occurred in Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky, and officials said that they were the result of cars which are on roads smoothed by the ice. The rest of the traffic deaths are being investigated to determine if the weather played a factor.

North Carolina power outages peaked around 25,000, according to Gov. Roy Cooper, but the power company figures indicate the number of decreased to several thousand by late Saturday.

Forecasters in New England were expecting up to a foot of snow in Boston, but Cape Cod and other parts of the south coast of Massachusetts, in the line for up to 2 feet of wind-driven snow, and the police urged the residents to stay at home and the road.

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Officials at Boston’s Logan International Airport urged travelers to check with their airlines for many flights were cancelled or delayed a lot because of the weather elsewhere in the US

Long lines were reported at many supermarkets and diy stores where the residents were scooping up snow blowers and supplies, such as ice melt and windshield wiper fluid.

At least three tractor-trailers and a tanker were involved in the pile-up on a snowy stretch of Interstate 91 in Middletown, Connecticut, early Saturday afternoon. Video released by police on Twitter showed several damaged cars and a truck, which was jackknifed across the roadway.

Middletown’s mayor said that a number of people were treated for minor injuries at the scene and a few were taken to hospitals.

Connecticut police said the crash was one of at least 115 around the state between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“The conditions are unsafe,” said state highway director Tom Tinlin. “We’re talking about the potential for white-out conditions, near zero visibility.”

North Carolina reported more than 700 crashes, while the Virginia State Police said they responded to 500 crashes. s of three highways in Mississippi were blocked by the icy conditions. Hundreds of flights were canceled from Atlanta to airports further to the north.

Hazardous driving conditions were behind the decision by officials to postpone Saturday night’s men’s basketball game between North Carolina and North Carolina State. The game was scheduled for 1 pm on Sunday.

In Portland, Oregon, two basketball games fall victim to approaching severe winter weather. The NBA game between the Trail Blazers and the Detroit Pistons, scheduled for Saturday evening, was postponed and moved to Sunday. No. 5 Gonzaga’s scheduled men’s basketball game at Portland was postponed, though no makeup date was announced.

A spokesman for the family said former Mississippi Gov. William Winter is in the intensive care unit with a concussion after a fall on the steep, icy driveway of his Jackson home.

University of Mississippi Medical Center spokeswoman Alana Bowman says the 93-year-old Winter, was in serious condition Saturday.

Former Winter employee Dick Molpus, speaking for the ex-governor of the family says a neurologist told them the Winter is responding well and his prognosis for recovery is good.

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