ATLANTA — Parts of the Southeast are digging out this morning from a winter storm that dumped snow around the region and played a role in at least one death.
In Virginia, the areas hardest hit Thursday and today were in the southwest, where the National Weather Service says 13 inches were reported in Giles County, while Grayson County and the Galax area received about a foot.
Road crews in that part of the state were out in force early today to plow and treat roads. Hardest hit was Interstate 77. The highway still had snow cover and there were reports of disabled vehicles along it.
Parts of Mississippi saw 2 to 4 inches of snow on the ground Thursday.
In Lowndes County, Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Criss Turnipseed said Johnnie A. Matthews, 64, of West Point died when his car collided with a downed tree about 5 a.m. on Mississippi Highway 50.
The large pine tree was uprooted by wind and ground saturation due to excessive rainfall.
In Alabama, scores of schools, businesses and government offices as far south as metro Birmingham pushed back their opening times today because of the threat of icy roads after freezing temperatures overnight.