The nation braced for more severe weather Monday as it emerged from a weekend of deadly storms, heavy snows and quirkily unseasonable temperatures.
More snow was possible Monday in parts of the Deep South, which was hit over the weekend by severe storms and unusually cold temperatures.
Ice caused scores of accidents and power outages in Georgia.
Strong thunderstorms swept across New England Sunday, nearly toppling a church steeple in New Bedford, Mass., and cutting electricity to thousands of homes.
Wind gusting to 50 mph caused power outages across New England, with an unusual storm system bringing a combination of record warmth, thunderstorms and flooding. Boston hit 64 degrees, breaking the record of 62 set in 1984.
In New Bedford, fire crews used a crane to try to stabilize the steeple at Our Lady of Fatima Church, finally lowering it to the ground after wind left it leaning precariously.
The rain triggered flood waters as high as 3 feet in Pittsfield and other areas of western Massachusetts.
Heavy rains prompted the declaration of states of emergency in 10 communities in New Jersey and New York. In Albany, N.Y., where more than 4.5 inches of rain fell, city schools were closed Monday.
Wind and lightning left 9,000 people without power in New Jersey, and gusts reached 70 mph in Keansburg, near the New Jersey shore.
Thousands of eastern Texas residents who lost electricity during ice storms may not have power for weeks, utility company officials said. In Arkansas, crews worked to restore power to more than 100,000 customers.
In Montana, where bitterly cold temperatures had weakened the snowpack, two snowmobilers were killed in an avalanche Sunday.
A rash of accidents in Wyoming led to the closing of parts of Interstate 80, U.S. 30 and U.S. 85. In Colorado, blowing snow kicked up by gusts of up to 60 mph severely reduced visibility, forcing the closing of a stretch of Interstate 70.
Up to 9.5 inches of snow in Michigan led to the collapse of section of roof at a Ramada Inn near Flint.
In Indiana, where wind chill readings reached 30 degrees below zero early Sunday, a man was found dead near Interstate 65, apparently from exposure.
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