A pre-winter storm slammed parts of the South and lower Midwest on Wednesday, causing five deaths on slippery roads and stranding travelers for more than eight hours on an icy Arkansas interstate.

The wintry weather is barreling east Thursday, with snow and ice expected from Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains through Washington, D.C., New York and New England.

A towing service employee inspects the damage to a tour bus carrying passengers, that overturned just after midday Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in DeSoto County, Miss. The crash came as a winter storm has been raking parts of the South. (Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal, via AP)
A towing service employee inspects the damage to a tour bus carrying passengers, that overturned just after midday Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in DeSoto County, Miss. The crash came as a winter storm has been raking parts of the South. (Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal, via AP)

In Mississippi, a tour bus bound for a casino overturned, leaving two people dead and 44 others injured. And in the Little Rock area, three people were killed in separate crashes on icy roads Wednesday night.

A tour bus sits on a highway after it crashed  in northern Mississippi, killing at least two people and injuring dozens, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
A tour bus sits on a highway after it crashed in northern Mississippi, killing at least two people and injuring dozens, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

On Interstate 40 in east Arkansas, several crashes occurred near the White River bridge, stopping traffic overnight. The interstate reopened shortly before daybreak Thursday, but officials say traffic was slow-going because some drivers had fallen asleep.

Source: The Associated Press

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