Winter storm snarls travel, leaves 3 dead and thousands without power

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Winter Storm Bringing Snow and Ice to Midwest and Northeast

At least three people were dead, hundreds of flights were canceled and millions of Americans faced a messy commute Monday as a winter storm brought snow and ice across the East and Midwest.

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A stretch of low pressure "associated" with the same winter storm was wreaking havoc from Louisiana to Alabama, the Weather Channel reported, with possible tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hail and powerful wind gusts leaving thousands without power.

Much of the region was still shivering after a bitter blast of arctic air brought record-smashing temperatures to several cities over the weekend.

The freeze was joined by snow Sunday, with up to a foot expected through Tuesday from western Pennsylvania to northern New England, according to The Weather Channel. '

Freezing rain, ice and lesser snow accumulations were also anticipated across much of the Eastern Seaboard, with a blanket of winter storm warnings and freezing rain advisories in effect from Georgia to Maine.

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Winter storm snarls travel, leaves 3 dead and thousands without power
A pedestrian walks through Washington Park as light snow falls on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain made driving conditions dicey for commuters across upstate New York, with winter storm warnings and hazardous weather advisories posted throughout the state. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Harry Henneman clears snow from the front steps of his daughter's house Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Truckee, Calif. A storm packing rain and high winds downed power lines, toppled trees and delayed flights across California, bringing back winter weather after several days of record-heat. In the Sierra Nevada, the winter storm dropped 1 to 2 feet of light powdery snow late Wednesday, adding to a snowpack that could ease but not end drought conditions when it melts in the spring. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
One of the 19 stainless steel statues of the Korean War Veterans Memorial is covered with snow in Washington, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Bitter cold was replaced by snow, sleet and rain Monday in the mid-Atlantic states and the South, but many residents were able to hunker down at home with federal offices and many businesses closed for Washington's Birthday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A vistor to the Washington Monument walks past flags flying a half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on a wintry Presidents Day holiday in Washington, Monday, Feb, 15, 2016. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
People survey damage to a business off Mississippi Highway 18 in Sylverana, Miss., Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, after severe weather affected south Mississippi. No injuries were reported in the storm. Officials are investigating reports of at least two possible tornadoes that accompanied a line of thunderstorms across central and southern Mississippi Monday. (Ryan Moore/WDAM-TV, via AP)
Frost on a window forms a heart-shaped pattern on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Falmouth, Maine, where the early morning temperature dipped below zero. More cold weather is forecast for the Valentine's Day weekend in New England. (AP Photo/David Sharp)
A bus window is covered by snow and ice, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Evanston, Ill. Snow has now overspread nearly all of the Chicago Metro area early Sunday afternoon and is expected to continue into the night before ending. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
People are bundled up as they walk in cold weather, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in the Queens borough of New York. Bitter temperatures and biting winds had much of the northeastern United States bundling up this weekend. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A bare tree stands in a snowy field near Freeland, Md., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The mid-Atlantic region awoke Tuesday to a mix of rain and snow. The weather service issued a winter weather advisory in the region and expected the mix to change over to snow and fall occasionally during midday hours, with rain mixing in during the afternoon south of Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Two women run through a snow flurry Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
A passenger waits in the snow to board a bus at Kennedy Plaza in Providence, R.I., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, could see winter storm conditions with an accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. The heaviest snowfall is expected during Monday's morning commute through the afternoon. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Kevin Lord, of Sagamore Beach, Mass., braves near hurricane-force winds to inspect storm erosion on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, along a beach near his home in Bourne, Mass. (AP Photo/William J. Kole)
Jeremy Kincaid clears a sidewalk with a snowblower after a snow storm Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Derry, N.H. The storm was New Englandâs biggest snowstorm so far this season, coming two weeks after a massive blizzard engulfed much of the Eastern Seaboard but largely spared Boston and points north. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton departs a campaign stop during a snow storm, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A snow covered playground is bathed in pink light at sunset before a town hall meeting with Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at the Lancaster School in Salem, N.H., Friday Feb. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Ai Koid, 25, fights gusty wind chills and snow while walking to the bus stop at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., February 13, 2016, to catch a bus to New York. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Andrew Story clears a sidewalk with a snowblower after a snowstorm Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Derry, N.H. The storm was New Englandâs biggest snowstorm so far this season, coming two weeks after a massive blizzard engulfed much of the Eastern Seaboard but largely spared Boston and points north. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A deicing team prepares a commercial jet for safe flight during severe weather at Denver International Airport, in Colorado, early Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A powerful winter storm has shut down highways in eastern Colorado, closed many schools and slowed down traffic at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Looking southwest from Reno about 20 miles away, clouds obscured the top of Slide Mountain on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, where the Mount Rose ski resort received 18 inches of snow the day before. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
A plow removes snow during severe weather at Denver International Airport, in Colorado, early Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A powerful winter storm has shut down highways in eastern Colorado, closed many schools and slowed down traffic at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Students on the campus of Northern Arizona University navigate through blustery weather in Flagstaff, Ariz., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. A winter storm dropped snow on the region, closing schools and making travel difficult. (AP Photo/Josh Biggs)
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Snow was also forecast in Michigan.

In Virginia, one person was killed on Monday morning after an SUV collided with a snow plow, the Weather Channel reported, while in Minnesota, slick roads caused dozens of spin-outs and two fatal accidents on Sunday night.

North of Boston, the coastal community of Revere was grappling with severe flooding: the city's floodgates were left open during the polar vortex, and frozen solid by the blast of arctic air, NBC affiliate WHDH reported.

When high tide arrived, water spilled onto the streets and surged under raised homes, creating a sheet of ice that froze pipes and sent residents to hotels, the station reported.

In Mississippi, multiple possible tornadoes were spotted, according to the Weather Channel, and 14,000 people were in the dark, NBC affiliate WLBT reported. Emergency management officials there said that homes and businesses had been damaged or destroyed in 10 counties.

In Louisiana, more than an inch of hail fell north of Baton Rouge, the Weather Channel reported, and the roof was blown off of a car wash in the central part of the state, causing minor injuries.

As of 7:30 pm ET, more than 6,000 flights had been delayed or canceled across the nation. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia in New York City were the worst affected, suffering nearly 1,500 cancellations and delays, according to Flight Aware.

The snow looked likely to be short-lived in the East, however, with much of it turning to rain overnight and temperatures expected to spike to the mid-50s in Boston by Tuesday, the Weather Channel reported.

Cold weather records across the Northeast were shattered on Valentine's Day after the polar vortex shot a mass of Canadian arctic air south.

Valentine's Day saw temperature records tumble across the region. In Boston, thermometers dipped to minus 9 degrees — the coldest day since Jan. 15, 1957 — while in New York City, Central Park registered minus 1, the lowest reading in 22 years.

Monday looked likely to be warmer — but only just — with lows between 10 to 20 degrees below average and subzero temperatures already recorded across New England in the early hours of the morning.

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