Published: Tue, January 10, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Winter storm: South braces for snow, sleet and freezing rain

Winter storm: South braces for snow, sleet and freezing rain

There is still some uncertainty, as a few forecasting models show precipitation arriving before the temperatures cool down enough to create snow.

But north of Charlotte, residents awoke Saturday to a winter wonderland, with a combination of sleet and snow leaving the landscape coated in white.

"It looks more and more as if this will be a significant snow event in North Carolina, so we are asking people to stay off the road when this weather event begins, and also to stay off the road when it ends", he said.

Schools cancelled classes in several states and Alabama and Georgia issued emergency declarations ahead of the storm, which was already being blamed for one road fatality Thursday in Kentucky.

Snow is also possible in Atlanta, where snow and ice have jammed freeways in past storms.

Almost 400 flights were canceled Friday at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and another 300 were canceled Saturday morning, according to FlightAware.

Some parts of North Carolina could receive 4 inches or more of snow and there's a "slight risk" of 8 inches or more of snow in eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia, according to the advisory of the federal government's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Delta has canceled about 175 flights, mostly from its hub in Atlanta "where an inch of ice accumulated at the airport". All four of the USA's biggest carriers - American, Delta, Southwest and United - had instituted winter weather waivers and numerous nation's smaller airlines had done the same. Authorities say they haven't confirmed any weather-related deaths.

Asheville, in the mountains, expected 3-5 inches of snow on Friday, the weather service predicted.

He says the heaviest snow fell on an area stretching northeast from the Triad area around Greensboro to counties along the Virginia border.

Ice might become more of a factor than accumulations of snow in parts of the Atlanta area through Saturday afternoon, according to CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam.

Duke Energy said early Saturday there were about 14,000 outages in the Carolinas.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport said its staff worked through the night to clear runways.

The Charlotte airport said it would open with limited operations after de-icing 70 planes on Friday and plowing of the airfield.

Roads were also treacherous. It advised travelers to check their carrier for cancellations.

Up to 8 inches of snow were expected in parts of CT, but areas along the southeastern MA coast could get 1 to 2 feet before the storm moves away later Saturday.

"Whenever snow comes people get really excited". A wintry mix heavier on sleet is pelting Raleigh and other parts of the state to the southeast. And western Virginia was well away from the areas expected to take the worst of the storm.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain pelted a wide swath of the South overnight, turning roads icy and impassable in spots amid reports of auto crashes as many braced for up to a foot of snow in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

In North Carolina, Saturday's ceremonies formally inaugurating a governor were canceled. He instead rushed through a 20-minute indoor oath-taking Friday.

"Consider yourselves the chosen few", Cooper jokingly told those able to attend his swearing-in Friday.

A winter storm with a split personality dumped several inches of snow across parts of North Carolina overnight but left snow-lovers disappointed in much of the Charlotte area. All students made it safely home. But the winter road mess caused hundreds of fender benders and other non-injury crashes, some involving school buses, on Nashville, Tennessee, roads by Friday.

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