Nearly 500,000 people were left without power and three have died as a surprisingly strong early winter storm hit the US South on its way toward the Northeast. The storm dumped rare snow on the Deep South, in many places record-breaking for December. Relatively quiet weather is expected across much of the country today as the storm continues to pull away from the Northeast Sunday morning. There is a chance for light snow showers in the Northeast today and tonight but the greatest snowfall accumulations are expected east of lakes Erie and Ontario due to lake effect snow. The storm blanketed

parts of the Deep South this week with up to 46 cm (18 inches) of snow in places, causing traffic chaos and leaving more than 480,000 people without power as of Saturday morning, December 9, 2017. More than 334,000 homes and businesses were still without power Saturday afternoon in Georgia (235,000), Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Over 170,000 woke up Sunday still without power; 125,000 in Georgia, 17,000 in Alabama, another 17,000 in Louisiana and 12 000 in North Carolina. Snow started falling in Houston, Texas on December 8, making it the second earliest snowfall on record. READ MORE