Storm affects games in Northeast
Two more prominent college basketball games have been postponed after a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region and was moving Northeast, threatening more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents.
In Baltimore, residents awoke to 15 inches of snow. Washington, D.C., had nearly a foot of snow forcing the city's two main airports to be closed. Philadelphia has 9 inches of snow and still counting.
Other Division I men's games scheduled for Thursday night that have been postponed include: Charleston Southern at High Point, Bryant at Mount St. Mary's, Central Connecticut State at St. Francis, Wagner at Farleigh Dickinson, Northern Kentucky at Kennesaw State and Western Carolina at Chattanooga.
Due to snow in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. markets, live racing at Laurel Park was cancelled for Thursday. It's the third cancellation of the year at the central Maryland track.
In the South, although the worst of the storm had largely passed, some parts remained a world of ice-laden trees and driveways early Thursday. Hundreds of thousands were still without power. In metro Atlanta, temperatures were forecast to rise during the day but drop below freezing again overnight. Forecasters warned of black ice.
It remains to be seen how that might affect games canceled Wednesday that had been moved to Thursday.
The Boston College-Georgia Tech game in Atlanta, which was called off hours before tipoff Wednesday, is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Thursday. South Carolina will host Vanderbilt, which had already made the trip to Columbia, S.C., at 4 p.m. Thursday.
A marquee game between No. 8 Duke and rival North Carolina was also postponed. The game will be played Feb. 20, although the time is still undetermined. In addition, the Tar Heels' three-game baseball series with College of Charleston starting Friday was postponed.
Several other games scheduled for Thursday were affected by the weather:
• The women's game between No. 2 Notre Dame and Boston College is expected to be played tonight at 6 p.m.
• Officials at Clemson pushed up the school's women's basketball game Thursday against No. 10 North Carolina State 3½ hours to 3 p.m.
• In Greenville, S.C., practice for the College All-Star Bowl game featuring many of the nation's top NFL prospects was moved back on Thursday but the game is expected to go on as scheduled Friday night at Furman's Paladin Stadium.
The storm delayed several of Friday's opening Division I college baseball games throughout the region. Teams from the North typically travel south to start the season, but several schools including South Carolina, Wofford, Wake Forest and USC Upstate pushed games to Saturday.
It's the second time in two weeks a winter storm has disrupted the Southeast. Areas from Texas to the Carolinas had slick roads, hundreds of thousands were without power, and a wintry mix fell in many areas. The Mid-Atlantic region also was expected to be hit as the storm crawled north and east.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.