ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A powerful storm system that's already caused hundreds of accidents across the West is marching eastward with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds.
The fierce weather has caused at least eight deaths and prompted advisories in New Mexico and Texas.
As thick, gray clouds cover the Southwest, forecasters say the storm will sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast next week, causing problems for holiday travelers.
In New Mexico, authorities and residents are bracing for the second hit of a one-two punch that has already blanketed parts of the state with snow and freezing rain and caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state.
Three other storm-related deaths are reported in a crash in the Texas Panhandle involving nearly a dozen vehicles.
In California, where the storm system hit first, prompting flooding and water rescues in recent days, three deaths have been linked to the storms since Thursday.
In Arizona, firefighters recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high waters Friday in the southern part of the state.
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