Parts of Southeast digging out from snow

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City of Huntsville workers set up road blocks on Green Mountain Road while a salt truck clears the road during a brief winter storm which brought light snow and icy roads to north Alabama Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 in Huntsville, Ala. A winter storm made its way across the Southeast on Thursday, dumping snow in states recovering from days of rain, playing a role in at least one fatality, and leaving thousands without power. (AP Photo/, Eric Schultz)


ATLANTA (AP) — Parts of the Southeast are digging out Friday from a winter storm that dumped snow around the region and played a role in at least one death.

In Virginia, the areas hardest hit Thursday and Friday are in the southwest, where the National Weather Service says 13 inches were reported in Giles (jyls) County, while Grayson County and the Galax (GAY'-laks) area received about a foot.

Road crews in that part of the state are out in force early Friday to plow and treat roads. Hardest hit was Interstate 77. The highway still has snow cover and there are reports of disabled vehicles along the roadway.

While the winter storm wasn't as severe as initially feared, icy roads remain a concern Friday morning and some school systems decided to open late.