Wintry blast of cold, ice, snow moves across South, Midwest

DALLAS (AP) — Highways in normally sun-drenched North Texas are mostly empty and covered in with a frosty coating, making for a slightly otherworldly look amid closed businesses and millions of residents hunkered down for a weekend of icy conditions.

Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday, after Texans earlier basked in 80-degree weather.

The weather forced the cancellation of Sunday's Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months. A quarter of a million customers in North Texas were left without power, and many businesses told employees to stay home to avoid the slick roads.

The storm stretched from South Texas through the Midwest and Ohio Valley and up into northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

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