Sleet, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of US

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A storm system that spread snow, sleet and freezing rain widely across the nation's midsection is headed toward the densely populated Eastern seaboard promising more of the same.

Forecasters said the potent system already has blamed for numerous power outages and thousands of weekend flight cancellations. They say it has Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states in its icy sights next.

Icy conditions were expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee. And officials warned a major ice storm was possible along the mountainous border of Virginia along the busy Interstate 81 corridor.

Authorities say several traffic accidents in and around Memphis, Tenn., were being blamed on ice. Earlier the storm caused havoc on roads in Texas, Arkansas and other states.

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