Alix Pentecost, 15, pulls up her hood as she makes her way home through the snow after being dismissed early from the Durham (N.C.) School for the Arts Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002.
Dakota Haaff, 10, left, gets a snowcap from friend and neighbor Nathan White, 12, both of Decker, Ind., as they play in the snow after getting home from school.
Leaves on trees all over Nashville were encased in ice Wednesday. Snow and freezing rain spread from Arkansas to the Carolinas in a pre-winter blast that closed schools, knocked out power and contributed to at least three deaths on icy roads.
A man walks by the Forest Park along Kings Highway on the first day of snow in St. Louis Wednesday.
Rolanda Koger, right, pushes a load of groceries with her mother, Pamela Dedraffenreidt, as they leave a grocery store in Durham, N.C. A vast storm spread freezing rain and up to a foot of snow from the Texas Panhandle to Virginia on Wednesday, shutting down hundreds of schools, making highways dangerously slick and knocking out power to nearly 100,000 people.
A lone pedestrian crosses 15th street near the White House Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002 in Washington. A winter storm that glazed roadways, closed schools and left thousands of people without power moved its way north Thursday, threatening to dump several inches of snow on cities along the East Coast.
Workers get an early start cleaning up the snow Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, on the area in front of the White House. A winter storm that glazed roadways, closed schools and left thousands of people without power moved its way north Thursday, threatening to dump several inches of snow on cities along the East Coast.
A lone pedestrian walks along Barnett Street in Vincennes, Ind., late Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, as snow falls.
Woodward, Okla. youngsters McKinzey Ridenour, 9, Johnathan Waite, 17, and Anthony Waite, 15, from left, slide on a snow-covered hill during their unexpected holiday from school. Thousands of youngsters stayed home from school Wednesday as a storm spread ice and up to a foot of snow from the Texas Panhandle to Virginia, making highways slippery and knocking out power to thousands of customers.
Traffic was backed up in both directions Wednesday on the Durham, N.C. Freeway. Students got an early holiday gift as schools across North Carolina closed early due to wintry weather that pushed a dangerous mix of snow, sleet and icy rain east across the state.
Lees-McRae College freshman Clay Beattie, of Fredericksburg, Va., loses the football as the defense prepares to tackle him during a snow football game at the school in Banner Elk, N.C.
Keith Brown and friends hang tight as their inflated sled vaults over a snowy bump in Schlanger Park in Pittsburg, Kan. Southeast Kansas area schools closed for the day because of snow.
Amanda Caiado, 10, catches snowflakes on her tongue outside her home in Blacksburg, Va. Amanda, orginally from Brazil, was playing in the snow with her two sisters Maria, 6, and Clara, 13.
Jim Calloway removes snow from the driveway of his business near Fletcher, N.C. An early Southern blast of snow, sleet and freezing rain blew from Arkansas into the Carolinas on Wednesday, serving as a dress rehearsal for winter.
Rod Siebol walks away from his pickup after it slid into a ditch off an icy road in Yakima, Wash. About three inches of snow fell overnight in the Yakima area causing numerous auto accidents. A tow truck cable is attached to the truck in an effort to pull it from the ditch.