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Ice storm moving east across lower U.S.

A storm dumping snow and icing roads in Texas and neighboring states on Thursday was moving east.
This satellite image taken early Thursday shows a large storm system moving east into Texas.NOAA via AP
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A storm dumping snow, icing roads and downing power lines in Texas and neighboring states on Thursday was moving east.

"Widespread heavy snow across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles" were reported by the National Weather Service. "Many locations also experienced a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow before a transition to entirely snow," it added.

Parts of northern Texas could see up to 15 inches of snow and sleet accumulation.

Plainview, Texas, saw a quarter inch of ice, three inches of snow as well as numerous powerlines and trees downed by the storm on Thursday.

Other areas saw up to a half inch of ice, among them Floyd County, where 200 utility poles were down.

In Oklahoma, the governor declared a state of emergency in every county as rain turned to ice Thursday. Power lines snapped and schools closed across the state.

Strong winds were expected to accompany the system with gusts of up to 35 mph in areas of the High Plains, creating dangerous road and travel conditions.

Lighter showers of frozen rain and snow could stretch north into the Central Plains, but less than an inch of accumulation was expected.

The Weather Channel reported that the system was moving east into southern Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and the Tennessee Valley on Friday. The Virginias, North Carolina, northern South Carolina and parts of northern Georgia will get hit by Saturday, it added.