Another winter storm moves east after cold kills 4 in California; more snow, ice expected

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Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said, according to the Associated Press.

One victim was found dead Nov. 28, and the other deaths were discovered in the last two days, Santa Clara County sheriff's Lt. Dave Lera said at a news conference Friday afternoon, the AP reports.

Lera said three of the victims died at homeless encampments in San Jose, while a fourth died in a garage "with the door opened."

Temperatures in San Jose fell to 30 degrees Friday morning, breaking the record low of 32 degrees for that date, which was set in 1904. The low on Nov. 28 was 45 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

After a significant winter storm dumped a mixture of snow and ice across the country's midsection, another gruesome storm is moving east and meteorologist say the Eastern Seaboard should prepare for the kind of conditions that paralyzed cities in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri.

The AP reports that in California, four people were killed because of the cold and the NBC affiliate in Dallas reports that 103,000 people in North Texas remain without power.

NPR member station KERA says North Texas is "practically a skating rink."

The weather caused flights and the Dallas Marathon to be cancelled. Temperatures, reports KERA are expected to dip into the teens.

The AP adds:

"Meanwhile, around 7 inches of snow fell in northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis. Ice accumulated on trees and power lines in Memphis and the rest of West Tennessee after layers of sleet fell throughout the region Friday.

"The storm dumped a foot of snow and more in some areas of Illinois, with police scrambling to respond to dozens of accidents and forced scores of schools to remain closed."

As for what's to come, the National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for parts of Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

The Weather Channel says that as the new storm moves east, it'll dump up to a foot of snow in some parts of the West and then start wrecking havoc in nation's midsection on Sunday. They report:

"Washington, D.C.,Baltimore and Philadelphia could all see a few inches of snow followed by a transition to sleet and freezing rain on Sunday. In addition to hazardous travel, there could be some power outages and broken tree limbs depending on how much freezing rain accumulates. This wintry mix will eventually changeover to rain Sunday night into Monday.

"A wintry mix will also develop in New York City Sunday night before changing to rain by Monday.

"Significant icing is possible to the lee of the Appalachians as cold air gets dammed up against the mountains. The I-81 corridor from Virginia northward through Pennsylvania could see significant impacts. Accumulating ice is also possible as far south as northwest North Carolina. Travel will likely be dangerous and power outages are possible."

With contributions by AP

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