Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The winter storm that dumped 18 inches of snow, canceled thousands of flights, knocked out power for 265,000 and killed at least four people has moved offshore.
The bitter cold in the Northeast prevented the same storm that hit North Carolina from trekking up Interstate-95. In New York City, the current stretch of colder weather will continue through the week with temperatures dipping into the teens Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Although the storm has passed through North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, residents were urged to stay at home, Weather.com reported.
"This storm dropped staggering amounts of snow, ice and rain across our state, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday. "A year's worth of snowfall, or more, fell in some places in little more than a day."
The storm dumped more than 34 inches of snow on Mount Mitchell in northeastern North Carolina, making it the highest total of the storm.
So far this month, three southern U.S. cities have more snow than Anchorage, Alaska. Weather.com reported.
Over the weekend, Lubbock, Texas, recorded 10 inches; Asheville, N.C., 11.1 inches and Greensboro, N.C., 12 inches. Anchorage has 7 inches of snowfall this month.
Areas around Winston-Salem saw up to 14.5 inches of snow, according to the News & Observer.
The winter storm cut power to hundreds of thousands on the East Coast, and about 80,000 people were still in the dark by Monday night, according to Poweroutages.us. Around 45,000 are in North Carolina, with the remaining in Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The severe winter storm also forced airlines to cancel 2,000 flights.
Three people in York County, S.C., were found dead over the weekend from carbon monoxide poisoning and another died in a storm-related accident in Matthews, N.C. The snow and ice is being blamed for two other serious car accidents in Charlotte.
Some areas of North Carolina reported more than 18 inches of snow.
The next major storm is moving over the Plains and Midwest on Thursday before slowly moving toward the East Coast on Friday into the weekend, according to Weather.com. Throughout the nation, this storm will mainly be a rainmaker, rather than snow or ice.
"That next storm is likely to bring rain and drizzle from much of the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley and in places in the Southeast states that had heavy snow and ice from the last storm," Max Vido, said an AccuWeather long-range meteorologist