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A winter storm bringing havoc to airline and highway traffic across much of the nation crawled east Sunday, pummeling the Southeast with snow and sleet.

More than 400,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama on Sunday. Thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed from Texas to the Carolinas.

In North Carolina, more than 1,000 flights were cancelled in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport alone. Parts of North Carolina could see snow measured in feet rather than inches before the storm finally rolls out to sea, a forecast that compelled Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency.

  • Slide 1 of 12: A general view outside Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University as snow falls from Winter Storm Diego on December 9, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Slide 2 of 12: A couple shovels their driveway in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.
  • Slide 3 of 12: Josie, an English Retriever plays in the snow as her owners, Dawn and Mark Lundblad walk a snow-covered Sandy Cove Drive, Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Morganton, N.C. Over a foot of snow fell in the area creating a winter wonderland.
  • Slide 4 of 12: A snow-covered car is parked outside a home in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses.
  • Slide 5 of 12: A general view of the Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University as snow falls from Winter Storm Diego on December 9, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Slide 6 of 12: David Aderholdt clears snow off his truck outside his home in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.
  • Slide 7 of 12: Nathan Fontanella carries his sled as he walks up a hill in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • Slide 8 of 12: A snow plow moves on a snowy Durham, N.C., street after several inches fell on Sunday Dec. 9, 2018. A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)
  • Slide 9 of 12: Joslyn Fontanella, 8, takes a break from shoveling a walkway to taste some snow in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday, causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • Slide 10 of 12: A driver in a small car follows three snow plows down a major road in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • Slide 11 of 12: Tervante Wilkerson trudges past a snow-plastered Bobcat on Old NC 98 in Wake Forest, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Wilkerson, who was walking across town to see his two young children, said,
  • Slide 12 of 12: An orange leaf decorates the chest of a snowman in Wake Forest, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
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A massive storm is bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South, causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power outages to hundreds of thousands of people.

(Pictured) A general view outside Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University as snow falls from Winter Storm Diego on Dec. 9, in Durham, N.C.

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A couple shovels their driveway in Greensboro, N.C., on Dec. 9.
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Josie, an English Retriever plays in the snow as her owners, Dawn and Mark Lundblad, walk on a snow-covered Sandy Cove Drive, on Dec. 9 in Morganton, N.C.
4/12 SLIDES © Chuck Burton/AP Photo
A snow-covered car is parked outside a home in Greensboro, N.C., on Dec. 9.
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A general view of the Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University as snow falls from Winter Storm Diego on Dec. 9, in Durham, N.C.
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David Aderholdt clears snow off his truck outside his home in Greensboro, N.C., on Dec. 9. 
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Nathan Fontanella carries his sled as he walks up a hill in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Dec. 9. 

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A snow plow moves on a snowy Durham street after several inches fell on Dec. 9, in North Carolina.
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Joslyn Fontanella, 8, takes a break from shoveling a walkway to taste some snow in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Dec. 9.
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A driver in a small car follows three snow plows down a major road in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Dec. 9.
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Tervante Wilkerson trudges past a snow-plastered Bobcat on Old NC 98 in Wake Forest, North Carolina, on Dec. 9.
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An orange leaf decorates the chest of a snowman in Wake Forest, North Carolina, on Dec. 9.
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In the western part of the state, the city of Boone already had 10 inches of snow early Sunday.

“This is a snow storm, not a snowfall – it’s serious,” Gov. Cooper said. “In the Piedmont to western parts of our state, we’re preparing for days of impact, not hours.”

Cooper warned that utility companies projected widespread power outages affecting over half a million homes and businesses. In some areas, power could be out for days, he said.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency, urging state residents to "take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared" for the storm.

The storm dumped heavy rains on Los Angeles more than a week ago before slamming across the southern Plains into the Southeast, leaving a swath of power outages, delayed and canceled flights and dangerous road conditions in its wake. The Southeast was next in line before the storm was expected to move northeastward over the Atlantic Ocean, the National Weather Service said.

  • GARDEN GROVE, CA - DECEMBER 06: Cars head east on Garden Grove Boulevard as they cross Fairview Street in Garden Grove, CA, on Thursday, Dec 6, 2018.Heavy rain from a winter storm passing through Southern California flooded streets.  (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
  • David Aderholdt clears snow off his truck outside his home in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • a car parked on the side of a snow covered road: A car drives slowly down Old NC 98 in Wake Forest, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.
  • A man jogs with his dog down a snow-covered street in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • Russ Sprinkel removes snow from his vehicle on Washington Avenue in Roanoke, Va. as snow continues to fall throughout Southwest Virginia, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.
>Full screen1/5 SLIDES © Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images
GARDEN GROVE, CA - DECEMBER 06: Cars head east on Garden Grove Boulevard as they cross Fairview Street in Garden Grove, CA, on Thursday, Dec 6, 2018.Heavy rain from a winter storm passing through Southern California flooded streets. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
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David Aderholdt clears snow off his truck outside his home in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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A car drives slowly down Old NC 98 in Wake Forest, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.
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A man jogs with his dog down a snow-covered street in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday - causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Russ Sprinkel removes snow from his vehicle on Washington Avenue in Roanoke, Va. as snow continues to fall throughout Southwest Virginia, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.
5/5 SLIDES Asheville, N.C., is expected to bear a large brunt of the storm, with up to two feet falling around much of the region this weekend, followed by treacherous and icy conditions early next week. 

Emergency officials were bringing in extra staff and cautiously monitoring whether ice accumulates under all the snow, making travel increasingly dangerous.

"If we do, that’s going to make it treacherous to get around," said Jerry VeHaun, director of Buncombe County Emergency Services, which covers Asheville. "But we're just watching the weather and making sure we’re ready to react whichever way we need to.”

The storm has already taken a heavy toll on Texas, where Lubbock was blasted with more than 9 inches of snow. Hundreds of miles to the southeast, the storm brought heavy rains and flooding to Houston. In scenes eerily reminiscent of the deadly floods following Hurricane Harvey last year, motorists across the city abandoned cars that had been submerged by high-rising floodwaters Saturday.

Six Houston-area bayous had overflowed their banks and parts of Houston and Harris County got more than 6 inches of rain over the past two days. College Station, Texas, also reported 4 inches of rain, shattering a record set in 1931, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of the wet stuff moved out of Texas by Saturday night as the storm continued moving east. High school championship and playoff football games were postponed in Arkansas, and and Christmas parades in Oklahoma and South Carolina faced a similar fate.

Appalachian Power, headquartered in Charleston, W. Va., began moving crews from Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan to areas expected to be affected by the storm. Additional crews will be ready on Monday to assist if needed.

"We continue to monitor the weather closely and will adjust plans as forecasts warrant," Appalachian Power said in a statement.

Duke Energy, an electric power company headquartered in Charlotte, estimated that half a million customers will lose service across the Carolinas. Duke Energy is bringing crews in from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia to respond to power outages.

Contributing: Jessica Guynn, Dalvin Brown and Doyle Rice.

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