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For areas east of I-95, rain is due to mix with snow later Sunday afternoon.

A major winter storm is threatening to deliver snow, ice and flooding across much of the United States over the next few days.

Heavy snow was falling in northern Mecklenburg County at daybreak Monday as a lingering winter storm that dumped up to 20 inches of snow on western North Carolina posed hazards for the morning commute. By Monday, the storm had dropped more than 34 inches of snow on Mount Mitchell in northeastern North Carolina. Gusty winds of 25-35 miles per hour combined with snow and especially ice accumulation will result in scattered to numerous downed trees and power lines producing power outages.

"We're going to focus on kind of those main lines in communities that deliver power all across the city and then work to restore as many customers as we can with every restoration", said Brooks. And between Alabama and Georgia, more than 62,000 customers don't have electricity.

Those hoping to escape the storm may be out of luck.

Flights might also get delayed and cancelled as major airports like that of Charlotte, North Carolina fall in the heart of the storm.

For Floridians heading to the Carolinas, you might have trouble leaving Central Florida on Monday as 10 flights have been canceled, a lot of them were heading to Charlotte, N.C.

About 6 inches of snow had fallen in Durham County as of about 7:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. "Don't get out on treacherous roads", the ocunty Emergency Management Department tweeted.

"But this time, the real thing is headed our way and North Carolina is getting prepared", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a statement. One tractor-trailer ran off the road and into a river.

"Stay put if you can", Cooper urged Sunday.

Duke Energy, which also provides power to North Carolina residents, reported 240,110 outages in both Carolinas by Sunday afternoon.

Shoppers expecting to be inside for a while have cleaned off store shelves in the areas to be hit next.

Cooper asked residents to check on vulnerable loved ones and the elderly, if possible.

Under a state of emergency allows state officials to mobilize resources and to deploy people and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts.

State highway patrol said anyone who must drive should leave twice as much following space as normal behind the next auto, in case that vehicle loses control.

"Ice is becoming a big problem".

The National Weather Service warned on Monday that travel conditions remained hazardous for numerous affected areas and that additional power disruptions were possible.

A Duke Energy crew works to restore power on Rumson Road in Raleigh as snow continues to fall Sunday morning, December 9, 2018. Tens of thousands of homes could lose power, the agency said.

This system will move into the Atlantic on Monday and things will eventually quiet down for the region.

In Lubbock, Texas Tech University rescheduled all Saturday final exams for Sunday.

"They crushed their yearly average in 24 hours", CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said.

Airlines have cancelled and delayed hundreds of flights from the southern plains to the mid-Atlantic.

Temperatures in the southeast and Appalachians will be 5-10 degrees below average on Monday and Tuesday mornings, he said.