A utility truck is parked on a street to help restore power to a neighborhood in North Lansing, Mich., on Dec. 22, 2013.(Photo: Robert Killips, AP)
A storm that left at least six people dead and tens of thousands
without power this weekend was pushing its way into Canada on Sunday,
but holiday travelers may still face slick roads as the system douses
the Southeast with heavy rainfall.
The storm that brought
high winds, ice, snow and rain to a wide swath of the Southeast before
roaring north will affect sections of the USA through Monday night, says
Frank Strait, senior meteorologist with Accuweather.
part of the storm is pulling away into Canada now and taking some of the
snow with it,'' Strait says. But a lingering cold front could stretch
from Virginia to Pensacola, Fla., causing heavy downpours before the
system finally begins to weaken.
While roadways may be slippery,
prospects brightened for airline passengers this holiday. No flights
scheduled for Monday into, out of, or within the USA, had been canceled
as of Sunday afternoon, according to Daniel Baker of flight tracking
site FlightAware.com. That was in contrast to the 516 flights canceled
The weather should calm by Christmas Eve, though the
Midwest and East Coast likely will see freezing temperatures colder than
A "cold arctic air
mass is going to settle in behind the front,'' Strait says. "Across
parts of the Midwest, a lot of people will be in single digits and teens
for highs. That's well colder than normal.''
storm was a study in extremes. Its northern edge featured sleet and
freezing rain that sparked travel advisories in New York and New
England. Several inches of snow fell from Wisconsin to Oklahoma. On the
other hand, many eastern cities saw record high temperatures.
"It's a big, crazy storm of contrasts," says AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker.
storm was also deadly. Flood waters engulfed a vehicle in central
Kentucky, and early Sunday three bodies were pulled from a river.
Another person drowned after a four-wheeler flipped over.
Mississippi, one man died after his mobile home overturned in the and
another died when his car hit a tree that had fallen across a county
At least five people were injured and two dozen homes damaged in Arkansas.
Michigan, ice and strong winds left nearly 300,000 homes and businesses
in the dark Sunday, while another 100,000 were left without power in
upstate New York and New England.
But in some northern cities,
record warm temperatures were the news of the day. New York City reached
70 degrees Sunday morning. The previous record for Dec. 22, set 15
years ago, was 63 degrees.