Posted: Jan 31, 2010 10:02 AM by Associated Press
Forecasters say the winter storm that left a trail of woe from Oklahoma to the Mid-Atlantic is heading out to sea.
More than 5 inches of dry, fluffy snow was reported in the nation's capital and up to 8 inches in other parts of the region. The storm left a wake of damage in northern Texas and Oklahoma, where snow and ice shut down interstates and snapped power lines to thousands of customers.
It also left roads icy and snowpacked across the South. Virginia State Police say the weather caused several multi-vehicle crashes along Interstate 81.
The weather also cut short a farewell celebration Saturday at the National Zoo in Washington for young panda Tai Shan, who will be flown to China on Thursday to become part of a breeding program.
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue declared a state of emergency after more than a foot of snow in some mountainous areas.