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Winter Storm Cleon: State-by-State Impacts

Associated Press
Published: March 25, 2014

Winter Storm Cleon delivered snow, sleet, and freezing rain to a large swath of the country from Dec. 1, 2013 into early Dec. 7, 2013. At least 11 people were killed as the storm marched east. Here are the lingering impacts for states across the country.

Arkansas

A day after freezing rain, sleet and snow brought most of Arkansas to a near standstill, the sun began to help melt ice Saturday on major roadways.

Primary roads were usable if motorists could maintain a head of steam, but once they stopped, it was difficult to get going again, said Randy Ort, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Highway and Transportation.

Additional sleet or snow from Winter Storm Dion is expected Saturday night and Sunday.

(MORE: How Much Snow Did Cleon Dump On Your State?)

Colorado

Xcel Energy crews are working in bitter cold temperatures to restore natural gas service to 7,200 customers in a part of Boulder County. A company spokesman says an equipment failure at a regulator station was repaired Friday afternoon, but crews must go door-to-door to restart customers' pilot lights.

The outage came just as a winter blast brought snow and single-digit temperatures to much of Colorado.

Tennessee

Ice accumulated on trees and power lines in Memphis and the rest of West Tennessee after layers of sleet fell throughout the region Friday but most roads were passable Saturday.

Ice had built up on the windshields and roofs of parked cars throughout Memphis into Saturday. Law enforcement reported an increase in traffic crashes, and scattered power outages affected more than 3,000 people, emergency and utility officials said.

Residents were told to prepare for a few days without power, prompting them to rush to stores to stock up on groceries, buy electricity generators and gas up their cars. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell reminded residents to check on family and friends who are elderly, disabled or live alone.

Illinois

Cleon marched across Illinois on Friday dumping a foot of snow or more in some areas.

Temperatures Saturday were expected to get no higher than the high teens or low 20s.

The weather led to the cancelation of the 23rd annual Fantastic Parade, scheduled for Saturday night in Carbondale.

The storm dumped a foot of snow and more in some areas of Illinois, with police scrambling to respond to dozens of accidents and forced scores of schools to remain closed.

Indiana

Two people were killed on treacherous roads and schools and businesses were closed as Cleon  dumped ice and as much as 10 inches of snow on much of Indiana stretching into its second day Friday.

The roads proved even too hazardous for a Department of Transportation plow truck that flipped onto its side on Indiana 45.

Approximately 8 to 9 inches of snow fell in parts of southern Indiana.

(MORE: Here's Why Ice Storms Are So Dangerous)

Iowa

According to Iowa State Patrol one person died after their vehicle lost control on the icy roads. 

Kentucky

Kentucky residents said goodbye to temperatures in the 70s as sleet, snow and plummeting temperatures moved into the state Friday.

The western and central parts of the state were under winter storm warnings, and a flood watch was in effect into Saturday morning.

Minnesota

Some cities in Minnesota canceled weekend parades because of the bitter cold. Lakeville police reports that a 17-year-old driver was killed Wednesday morning after he lost control on the slush-covered roadway.

Highs Saturday were forecast to range from 5 to 10 below in northern Minnesota to around 5 above in the far southeast. St. Cloud's Winter Nights and Lights Parade and Santa Fun Run were canceled because of the dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast.

Missouri

A dangerous mix of snow, ice and sleet that hammered southern Missouri for a second straight day Friday caused numerous accidents, including a wreck that killed a small-town mayor.

There were reports of sleet a quarter-inch thick in the Cape Girardeau area, with snow on top of it.

Making matters worse was the bitter cold, with wind chills dipping to near zero.

New Jersey

Forecasters warned that New Jersey drivers could face slippery conditions over the weekend as a wintry mix of snow and sleet moved into the state beginning Friday night into Saturday.

Ohio

People in parts of southwestern and central Ohio expected a brief reprieve from the snowfall that created hazardous driving conditions Friday before another round of snow was expected to move into the state Sunday.

Oklahoma

Cleon dumped several inches of sleet, ice and snow on much of Oklahoma.

Officials said at least two deaths were caused by the storm. A 5-year-old boy from Fort Gibson was killed Thursday in a vehicle crash, and Oklahoma City police reported that an unidentified man was discovered dead under an overpass.

In the hard-hit town of Hugo, about 160 miles south of Tulsa, residents and business owners said tree limbs cracked and power lines snapped under the weight of a layer of ice.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said many roads were still slick and hazardous Saturday.

Westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were shut down near the Oklahoma-Arkansas state line for nearly 2 1/2 hours early Saturday after a tractor-trailer rig jackknifed. And ODOT warned of hazardous driving conditions on I-35 near the Oklahoma-Texas state line.

Texas

Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said. Denton County Sheriff's office has confirmed that one person died after a pickup truck went off an icy interstate bridge today. Yesterday, a crash killed one person in Arlington, TX. The case remains under investigation, but the inclement weather appears to have been a factor, according to city police PIO Tiara Richard.

North Texas authorities say treacherous sections of icy Interstate 35 north of Dallas have been closed for hours at a time intermittently over the last day. Tractor-trailers have had difficulty climbing hills, vehicles have stalled and wrecks have occurred.

Jody Gonzalez, chief of Denton County Emergency Services, said Saturday about 200 people have been in shelters in the Sanger area - about 50 miles north of Dallas - after getting stuck.

Across Texas at least four drivers died in weather-related accidents, and tens of thousands were without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

MORE: Winter Storm Cleon's Wrath

Joseph Mezo uses an umbrella as he walks to work in light sleet and icey conditions Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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