AUSTIN, Texas—A deadly winter storm some forecasters say is the worst to hit the United States in years slammed the nation's midsection Friday, snarling travel and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of customers.
The line of ice, snow and freezing temperatures stretched from the Texas–Mexico border northeast to the Ohio Valley, with the most severe conditions near Dallas, then punching through Arkansas and western Kentucky, according to forecasters at AccuWeather.com.
Parts of southern Illinois and most of Indiana remain under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service. By the time the snow tapers off tonight, total snowfalls should average 5-11 inches south of I-70, with totals increasing with distance south from the interstate, the NSW reports. By midday, about one foot of snow had fallen in parts of southern Illinois. Ten inches were reported in Mount Vernon and Sunfield, 9.5 in Chester and 9 inches in Olney.