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As winter storm moves across US, ice becomes bigger concern

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Winter Storm Weather Colorado
Posted at 7:47 AM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 20:12:33-05

CHICAGO — A major winter storm has left more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power across the U.S.

The storm's path stretched further from the central U.S. on Thursday into more of the South and Northeast.

The multiday storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest and caused a tornado in Alabama that killed one person and critically injured three others.

Power companies have struggled to keep pace with freezing rain and snow that weighed down tree limbs and encrusted power lines.

Travelers also are dealing with thousands of canceled flights around the U.S.

Forecasters said more heavy snow was expected, while heavy ice buildup was likely from Pennsylvania to Texas.

The storm comes about a year after Texas' electrical grid failed for about a week during a 2021 winter storm, leading to the deaths of nearly 250 people.

The storm has also impacted FedEx delivery services across the country.

"FedEx Express experienced substantial disruptions at the Memphis and Indianapolis hubs last night due to freezing rain in the Memphis area and snow in the Indianapolis area," the company said in a statement.

FedEx says the impact will vary across the country depending on local weather conditions.