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Thousands wake up without power as winter storm brings ‘bitterly cold temperatures’

A man uses a snow blower to clear a sidewalk during a winter storm in Concord, New Hampshire on February 4, 2022.
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Tens of thousands of people woke up without power Saturday after a major winter storm battered huge swaths of the country, from the Deep South to the nation’s northeastern tip.

Up to 17 inches of snow and ice covered parts of New York State, Vermont, Indiana, and Maine early Saturday, the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

In a separate bulletin, it warned that “bitterly cold temperatures will span an area from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley and Northeast,” on Saturday.

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Around 87,444 households were still without power in Tennessee early Saturday, while almost 56,000 woke up in the dark in New York state, according to tracking site

Parts of Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and North Dakota have been placed under winter advisory warnings into the weekend, the NWS said. But by Sunday things would gradually start to warm up, it added.

As roads became slippery, there were hundreds of car crashes.

“Patrols were going from one crash to another,” Massachusetts’ State Police tweeted Friday, adding that one person had died.

Officers had responded to at least 200 accidents since Thursday, the force said. “This number is most definitely low because reports are still being written and entered,” it added.

New Hampshire State Police also reported 72 crashes Friday morning, while Maine authorities reported at least 10. One accident in Memphis saw a 15-vehicle pile-up.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul warned residents as the snow blows out to sea late Friday and Saturday to stay home if possible to avoid ice-coated roadways and the threat of falling tree limbs in the Hudson Valley and Capital regions, according to the Associated Press.

“We’re not out of the danger zone yet,” Hochul said. “The weather is wildly unpredictable.”

Further south, the clean up from a tornado which tore through Tennessee Thursday continued. Robert Knecht, Memphis’ public works director, said Thursday night said that 225 trees had been downed on the city’s streets.

They were in the minority, but the heavy snowfall was welcomed by some. Skiers and snowboarders in Vermont were happy to report some of the best conditions of the season.

“We’re just having a blast, the sauce is flowing,” one told the AP.

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