Slick driving on icy roads after deadly storm across US South

As of Jan. 17 the storm continues to move north

As of Jan. 17 the storm continues to move north

More than 9 inches (23 cm) of snow has fallen in Durham, North Carolina, since Monday, with 6 inches (15 cm) or more measured at various locations across southern Virginia, the NWS said.

In Atlanta, many people appeared to be heeding Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's plea to stay off the roads as only a few cars crept along on typically packed highways.

Most of central North Carolina will be under a Winter Storm Warning as the system approaches.

Mark Foley, 24, struggled to start his pickup in the 15-degree air before he was able to go pick up an in-home health aide for his disabled father.

Most of the Piedmont is expected to get 5 to 8 inches of snow, with 2 to 4 inches across the central and northern Coastal Plain counties and 1 to 2 inches in the far southeastern counties, the National Weather Service in Raleigh reported Wednesday morning.

Temperatures early Thursday in Atlanta were well-below freezing.

At Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the nation's busiest with a typical volume of 2,700 arrivals and departures a day, about 470 flights had been canceled by Wednesday afternoon, according to tracking service Flightaware.com.

Officials have blamed the storm for seven deaths, but three people also died in cold weather after snow and ice blanketed the South.

Late on Wednesday night, a baggage vehicle and two sleeper cars on an Amtrak train traveling from Miami to NY, with 311 passengers aboard, derailed in as it was slowly backing into a station in Savannah, Georgia.

On Thursday morning, airport congestion eased some. Federal government offices were delaying opening for two hours on Thursday. Forecasters say high temperatures Thursday should range from the upper 30s to the low 40s, helping melt the remaining ice.

In Georgia, two people were fatally struck by a auto that slid on an ice patch near Macon, local media reports said.

Two others died along an icy stretch of I-75 southeast of Atlanta when a driver lost control and hit them, one of them inside a stopped auto and the other standing beside it, authorities said. The cold has been blamed for at least nine deaths over the past few days, including two homeless people in Houston. The mother was critically injured.

In Houston, 22-year-old Cynthia Chavez said she walked on ice for the first time in her life on Wednesday, and fell on her second step. One foot (30 centimeters) of snow was reported in Durham County by early Thursday morning. In North Carolina, where more than 2,000 snow-plow personnel worked to clear roads, the state Highway Patrol reported almost 1,600 traffic accidents during the first 12 hours of Wednesday.

In northern Durham County, Ben Kimmel marveled as snow blew across his property all day Wednesday.

"The snow is pretty but don't be fooled", Cooper said.

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