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Four Dead And Thousands Without Power In Severe Midwest Storms

Snow and ice have swept over the United States west and south, as thousands of people are without power or stranded in airports.

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From Texas to Ohio to Tennessee, a cold front covered much of the U.S. on Friday, knocking out power and making roads dangerous on Saturday, the Associated Press reports.

David Kent/Fort Worth Star-Telegram / MCT

N. Sylvania Ave. in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 6

With thick snow and face-stinging winds, schools closed and temperatures dropped to below freezing.

350 departing flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were cancelled Saturday, the airport said. About 3,330 passengers were stranded in the terminals overnight.

People rushed to stores to buy groceries, electricity generators and gas for their cars to prepare for days without power.

Illinois / Via AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Matzker

Shelby County, Tenn. Mayor Mark Luttrell asked residents to check on family and friends who are elderly, disabled or live alone.

"I'm not afraid of the ice and snow, I'm afraid of the other drivers who don't know how to drive in it," said Memphis attorney Sam Chafetz.

Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram / MCT

Police in Arlington, about 20 miles west of Dallas, said that one driver was killed when his car slammed into a truck. Authorities in Oklahoma reported two weather-related traffic deaths.

"We're still getting a lot of sleet falling and roads are slushy and kind of slick," said James Medling, emergency management director for Dyer County, Tennessee.

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