Several southern states that are hard hit by a winter storm are gradually warming up, but predictors warn that the temperature in many areas will be below freezing weather on Tuesday night. That will freeze the melting snow again, making some roads treacherous.
Scores of schools in Virginia and North Carolina were closed for a second day on Tuesday and nearly 70,000 remained without power in the aftermath of Winter Storm Diego.
Georgia also announced a late start for government workers because of fears of ice on roads.
The storm that blew up at the weekend was blamed for at least three deaths in North Carolina and one in Tennessee, along with numerous car accidents, power outages and canceled flights.
Meanwhile, a time-lapse video recording on Sunday in Blowing Rock, North Carolina shows snow that covers an 18-inch tall stone wall.
The driver, Alenjandro Rangel, on the right, and a man who assisted him, grabbed tools from the loading box after the truck was turned over after running a piece of ice on Carrett, North Carolina on Tuesday morning.
A car is pulled over the barrier after he was down the slope due to pieces of ice on East Hudson Boulevard in Gastonia, North Carolina on Tuesday
School buses are covered on snow on Tuesday at Smith High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Scores of schools in Virginia and North Carolina were closed for a second day in the aftermath of Winter Storm Diego
An aerial photograph shows snow at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina on Monday
North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said Monday that the worst of the storm was over, but residents – especially motorists – should look out for dangerous conditions.
The Highway Patrol had already responded to more than 670 collisions and nearly 1600 calls for services since the storm began.
& # 39; We must remain vigilant. We're not out of the woods yet, "Cooper said Monday. & # 39; This storm dropped awe-inspiring amounts of snow, ice and rain into our state. A year of snowfall or more fell in some places in just over a day. & # 39;
In Tennessee, truck driver William James Taylor, 58 of Robertson, Alabama, was beaten and killed by another vehicle that hit the ice on Sunday after leaving his disabled tractor trailer on Interstate 81 at Kingsport.
In North Carolina, where more than 20 centimeters fell in the western parts of the state, the storm was blamed for three deaths.
A truck driver died Sunday after suffering what seemed like a heart attack by shifting his rig that got stuck on the storm along Interstate 77 in the central part of the state, said Yadkin County Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal.
The state emergency center also said that one man died on Sunday when a tree fell on him in Mecklenburg County, while a sick woman died in Haywood County when her oxygen was cut off due to a power outage.
Another truck driver is missing in North Carolina after his tractor trailer from the Interstate 70 in the Neuse River in Kinston.
In Bessemer City, a small town west of Charlotte, several horses were killed on Monday when the snow accumulated on the roof of a riding school causing the structure to collapse.
People look out over the scene after several horses were killed when an arena collapsed at Sunnyside Farms near Bessemer City on Monday. A North Carolina family says the snow has dropped into the roof of the equestrian sports area
Ed Goins, Sue Lovelace and David Cole talk to reporters after a few horses were killed when an arena collapsed at Sunnyside Farms near Bessemer City on Monday
In Charlotte, the police closed the streets on Monday after there were ice reports from the Duke Energy Center.
Wells Fargo owns the 48-storey tower. A spokesman confirmed that ice dripped out of the building. Warning signs and protective scaffolding were placed over the entrances and exits of the building.
Also on Monday, a toppled truck full of pigs caused delays in traffic in the western part of that state, after the pigs broke on Interstate 40.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the cattle truck on the Interstate 40 was destroyed westward at the Tennessee line. The lanes running westward were temporarily closed on Monday so that the pigs could be braced, but at least one lane was reopened mid-afternoon.
Highway Patrol First Sgt. Mike Baker said there were about 100 pigs on board the truck and some died in the crash. Local farmers helped collect the rest. The transport department posted a photo on Twitter of pigs that swam along a snowy shoulder next to the cruiser of a trooper.
Baker said it is not clear if it played a role in the crash again and that it had more to do with speed. He said that the road at that time was free of snow and ice. He said the driver had sustained serious injuries.
Pigs roam on the shoulder of Interstate 40 at the state border with Tennessee in Haywood County, North Carolina, after a crash on Monday. The crash caused delays while local farmers helped the authorities to kill the pigs
Officials try to store pigs after the cattle trailer has been turned around on Monday. The police said that about 100 pigs were on board the truck, and some died in the crash
Still, the snow gave some people a chance to have fun in places that normally do not see much snow. In Durham County in North Carolina, where a foot fell on Sunday, children enjoyed a day off at school because a second dusting of snow and wet snow fell on Monday.
Children threw snowballs or built snowmen and a young girl in a pink jacket threw her hands up and shouted Merry Merry Christmas! & # 39; a passant along a residential sidewalk.
Ron Gordon, 75 years old, put on his boots and a hooded winter jacket to take off his dog, Easy.
& # 39; She seems to like it, & # 39; he said, holding a walking stick for extra traction. & # 39; She enjoys it more than I do. & # 39;
The semi-retired photographer said he could work the rest of the day indoors, and he can cook on the gas stove, even if the house loses power again, just like a few hours on Sunday.
He said he moved to Chicago a few years ago and he was surprised to see so much snow: I did not expect this. & # 39;
Scott Lay walks with his daughter, Sofia, to a hill in Bristol, Tennessee to enjoy an afternoon of sledding on Monday
Brothers Maddox and Blake Nuckols run on a hill at the King University in Bristol, Tennessee on Monday