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More Snow Slams East Coast, Ice in Store for South

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A new winter storm is expected to bring snow and ice to an area stretching from the Southern Rockies and Southwest to the Southern Plains on Sunday, after the East Coast was again battered by snow and sleet.

Forecasters predicted freezing rain and ice in parts of Texas on Sunday, while parts of Colorado could get an additional 18 inches in the new storm.

Linda Lam, meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said: "A widespread area of icing is expected to develop from northern Texas through southern Oklahoma, southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana through Monday night.

"Snow is likely north of the area of ice from the Texas panhandle into central and southern Oklahoma and central Arkansas."

The weather will begin to impact travel on Sunday night, forecasters said, with freezing rain set to bring "extremely hazardous travel" conditions to the area between Dallas Fort Worth and the Red River on Monday. Forecasters say sleet accumulations could reach 1 inch.

Meanwhile, Baltimore saw nine inches of snow Saturday, nearly 5 inches fell in Washington, D.C., and 4 ½ inches fell at JFK Airport in New York City, the National Weather Service said. Boston got an additional 1 inch, which brought its seasonal snow total to 99.8 inches — just under 8 inches shy of the previous seasonal record of 107.6 inches in 1995-1996, the NWS said.

In Tennessee, a state of emergency was declared as the state braces for warming temperatures that threatened floods — and all that water was expected to freeze as temperatures drop overnight Saturday.

Bitter temperatures and ice, snow and heavy winds are believed to have played a role in at least 37 deaths from Mississippi to Kentucky and Ohio, with 21 deaths in Tennessee.

"Nashvillians may be tired of this drill, but they should again avoid driving overnight and early tomorrow morning unless absolutely necessary," Nashville Fire Chief Ricky White said Saturday. "Fortunately, we're almost through this."

Car crashes elsewhere showed how dangerous ice can be. Six people died in car crashes related to the weather in Ohio, while in Alabama, a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 65 in Athens and shut down the highway, leaving some drivers trapped in their car from 9:30 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Seven people died in car crashes in Kentucky.

In Mississippi, two people who were helping drivers who slid off an ice-covered highway and into a ditch were killed by a tractor-trailer that jackknifed and struck them Friday, NBC station WTVA reported. A 9-year-old boy was also struck and was taken to a hospital.

The frigid cold that gripped New York and Boston warmed Saturday and snow was expected to turn into rain by Sunday morning. But cold temperatures in much of New England and upstate New York means that the snow that has built up will stick around, and forecasters warned of icy conditions Sunday night.

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