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January 28, 2009 10:00 AM, EST

Storm System Leaves Icy Roads in Many States

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A large storm system stretching from Arkansas into the Northeast has left roads with as much as three inches of ice in many areas, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Icy roads were blamed for car accidents in Virginia, West Virginia Indiana, Texas, Ohio and other states, news reports said.

In all, 19 people have died because of the storms, which also knocked out power in many areas, AP said.

State highway officials scrambled Tuesday night into Wednesday morning to clear roads of snow, ice, trees, utility poles and other hazards, AP said.

The National Weather Service had winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories in effect Wednesday morning in most of the Northeast and parts of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

The storm, which delayed flights at many airports around the country in the past two days, was headed into the Northeast Wednesday, the Boston Globe reported on its Web site.