About 300,000 Without Power In US Southeast After Storm

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More than 1,700 flights were canceled, a lot of them at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

American has also issued a travel alert for nine airports throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia, meaning passengers may be able to change travel plans without a fee.

Asheville Regional Airport had also reported about 9.8 inches of snow by Sunday morning, contributing to flight cancelations throughout the affected areas.

Hundreds of flights out of Richmond, Virginia, as well as Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, were canceled Sunday.

On Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency following a news briefing in which he activated the National Guard.

Parts of North Carolina could see record snowfall, described by the National Weather Service as a "once-in-a-generation event". "Don't be fooled, this storm is treacherous".

Forecasters have said some mountainous areas of North Carolina could get up to 12 inches of snow or more. A woman in Haywood County died after a power outage disrupted the machine supplying her oxygen.

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Once the transition to snow happens, accumulations should start to pile up quickly, especially in the border counties, which will see the highest totals. One tractor-trailer ran off the road and into a river.

And just like in North Carolina, roads are still unsafe in Virginia.

"Prepare for DAYS of impact not hours", North Carolina Emergency Management warned residents in a statement. In addition, those flying to or from Charlotte today should frequently check with their air carrier for cancellations or delays before heading to the airport. The bulk of the outages are in North Carolina, where 102,383 customers don't have power while in SC it's 52,191. The Maryland State police reported 47 crashes, 20 disabled vehicles and 306 service calls between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. "Stay safe where you are".

Officials in Lubbock say local roadways became quickly passable after the storm thanks to temperatures climbing above freezing and efforts to pre-treat roads before the wintry weather hit.

The storm also meant flight cancellations.

Crews in SC have dumped 156,000 gallons of brine on roads in the western part of the state to keep ice from building up as long as possible.

Officials in several states urged residents to stay off the roads and instead enjoy holiday festivities with their loved ones.

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