January 16, 2007 9:00 AM, EST

Big Storm Dumps Ice on Roads from Plains Through Northeast

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A big winter ice storm hit states from Texas through the Northeast over the long weekend, making roads hazardous and knocking out power, news services reported. The storm, which moved from the Plains states to the Midwest and Northeast, left a thick coat of ice on roadways in many areas, downed power lines and killed 41 people, the Associated Press reported. Ice in Oklahoma was 4 inches thick in places, AP said. More than 160 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.In Texas, the state’s Department of Transportation continued to sand and de-ice major roads, and warned drivers to drive slowly, CBS reported on its Austin, Texas, affiliate Web site.In Syracuse, N.Y., Interstate 81 was closed for about two hours after about 30 cars were involved in six accidents early Sunday, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported.