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Paralyzing snowfall slows travel, leaving thousands without power as the winter storm sweeps through the southern and northeastern United States

A major winter storm dumped crippling amounts of snow from Asheville, North Carolina, to Buffalo, New York, leaving tens of thousands without power.

Across the Northeast on Monday, some areas experienced up to 2 inches of snowfall per hour, making it nearly impossible for road staff to keep up. The storm hit Interstate 90 in western Pennsylvania with a triple blow of heavy snow, strong winds and icy rain. Utility crews had to help each other on the slippery roads.

Buffalo was hit by more than 16 inches of snow - the most seen on this date in 64 years. In Rochester, two residents said they had been trying to dig their vehicle out for nearly two hours.

"It has a lot more ice than just fluffy snow," said one of them.

But the roads were not the only problem. On Monday, more than 1,600 domestic flights were canceled, stranding frustrated passengers trying to get home.

"I're hoping for the best to see if another plane opens up," said Joe Basilio, who was trying to fly to Jacksonville, Florida.

The storm hit the southeast over the weekend. More than 600 collisions were reported in North Carolina, including an accident that killed two people from Myrtle Beach.

The storm also knocked out the current in the region.

"I'm out there with a pot of boiling water trying to keep my baby's infant formula warm," a Georgia father who had to use his outdoor gas grill for the job told CBS News.

Several tornadoes landed in southwest Florida on Sunday, destroying several homes.

"It sounded like a race train. It was really loud and it took me off my feet," Edward Murray said.

With the latest winter system still in motion offshore, meteorologists say there is a chance of another snowstorm in the northeast over the weekend.

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