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December 16, 2010 by USA Post 

Wtop Weather, (AP) – The ice-slicked roads created hazardous conditions responsible for at least one fatal accident in the South on Thursday that the winter weather led the East Coast.

In eastern North Carolina, a man was killed when a van and a car collided on a road near Fayetteville, North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon said.

State Police of Virginia responded to hundreds of accidents, and acting governor of West Virginia was forced to cancel a Christmas party scheduled for Thursday evening at the Governor’s Mansion.

In metro Atlanta and North Georgia, ice conditions prompted the closures of roads a day after the smooth surfaces caused hundreds of accidents. Ice also covered roads on Thursday morning in Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee and parts.

Those who ventured out had to allow time to clear ice that covered almost everything from cars crossing the sides of buildings.

“I’m just chip away,” said Tim Olson of Louisville, who received the ice off his truck Thursday morning. “It seems smooth. I hope this is not too bad. ”

In Missouri, freezing rain began Wednesday evening and continued until Thursday morning, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports several accidents. At one point Wednesday night, sections of three highways around St. Louis – 70, 44 and 55 – were closed because there were so many crashes.

Schools in many placed either closed for the day or planned to open late or dismiss students early.

In Ohio, plows were in counties near the Ohio River. A spokesman for Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport, said airlines were experiencing weather delays and cancellations. Cincinnati schools were closed because of warnings on slippery roads.

“While it is unusual to have to cancel school because of winter weather early in the school year, student safety is always a priority,” said Superintendent Mary Ronan.

Meanwhile, snow was also falling or expected to Philadelphia and parts of New York and West Virginia. Thousands of people in Virginia were without electricity.

In Washington, DC, where 3 inches of snow was expected, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said the runway at Reagan National Airport temporarily closed so crews could clear the snow. Flights have been operating, but officials warned against any delays.

Western New York was to get a break from heavy snow lake effect, but forecasters said the central parts of the state would be fighting for another day. Weather-related accidents closed Interstate 81 northbound in the Syracuse area for over two hours, the state police.

In Florida, farmers around the state were still assessing the cold weather earlier this week affected crops.

Tropical fish farmers and strawberry in central Florida reported losses on Wednesday, but the extent of cold damage will not be known for several weeks. Citrus growers have been more optimistic, saying they prevented a citrus freeze. Some producers of maize and beans in South Florida have reported losses.

Copyright © 2010 the Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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