Fast-moving snowstorm packs a wallop for much of East


Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 12:37 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tow trucks worked to remove abandoned cars and schools buses littering the sides of roads across Tennessee on Friday, a day after a fast-moving storm blanketed a wide swath of the East with snow.

Tennessee took the brunt of the problems from the storm that moved into the mid-Atlantic states Friday, leaving a blanket of snow stretching to Delaware. At least two deaths were blamed on the snowstorm.

``The snow fell faster than anyone could respond to it,'' Nashville public works spokeswoman Gwen Hopkins said.

Twenty-three inches of snow fell in the mountains of West Virginia, while Virginia and Tennessee were digging out from under as much as 8 inches in some parts. Maryland's Eastern Shore received 7 inches, and North Carolina's higher elevations got 6 inches. Delaware reported as much as 4 inches.

Schools were closed Friday in much of Tennessee and North Carolina. In West Virginia, at least 30 counties canceled classes, and most schools and some colleges were closed in Virginia.

In North Carolina, a man was killed Friday when his truck ran off icy N.C. 147 near Durham, crashed through a fence and struck two pine trees, authorities said.

A Tennessee driver died Thursday when her car hit a patch of ice and struck the back of a truck on Interstate 24.

Despite bad weather, driving conditions improved across most of Tennessee on Friday.

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