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Sleet, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of US

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Photo - Ronnie Moody of Nabholz Construction Services  plows ice from the parking lot of the St. Bernards Outpatient Dialysis Center on Washington Avenue in Downtown Jonesboro, Ark., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Moody said he and others had been working off and on since about 3 a.m. Saturday clearing key areas around the hospital. (AP Photo/The Jonesboro Sun, Rob Holt)
Ronnie Moody of Nabholz Construction Services plows ice from the parking lot of the St. Bernards Outpatient Dialysis Center on Washington Avenue in Downtown Jonesboro, Ark., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Moody said he and others had been working off and on since about 3 a.m. Saturday clearing key areas around the hospital. (AP Photo/The Jonesboro Sun, Rob Holt)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A storm system that spread snow, sleet and freezing rain widely across the nation's midsection is headed toward the densely populated Eastern seaboard promising more of the same.

Forecasters said the potent system already has blamed for numerous power outages and thousands of weekend flight cancellations. They say it has Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states in its icy sights next.

Icy conditions were expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee. And officials warned a major ice storm was possible along the mountainous border of Virginia along the busy Interstate 81 corridor.

Authorities say several traffic accidents in and around Memphis, Tenn., were being blamed on ice. Earlier the storm caused havoc on roads in Texas, Arkansas and other states.

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