Winter storm causes serious damage in Hickory

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Heavy snow brought by the winter storm created hazardous in several North Carolina communities, and even caused part of a gas station to collapse.

The awning of the CITGO gas station, located off Springs Road in Hickory, collapsed with more than a foot of snow resting on top, according to the owner's family. 

The owner says they're not sure how long it will take to get things back up and running, but the inside of the store is open.

Crews worked Sunday night and into Monday to clear area roads of built up snow and slush. 

About 35,000 tons of sale and sand had already been placed on North Carolina roads, according to North Carolina Emergency Management. More than 121,000 people were still without power Monday afternoon, officials said. 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the country, said American Airlines reduced its operations, with more than 1,000 flights canceled on Sunday and some continued cancellations into Monday.