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Winter Storm Sweeps South, Causing 300,000+ Power Outages, 1,500 Canceled Flights

11 December, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Tervante Wilkerson trudges through blowing snow up Old NC 98 in Wake Forest N.C. on Sunday Dec. 9 2018. Wilkerson who was walking across town to see his two young children said

DC surburbs could also see some snow.

Along and north of the I-85 corridor, including the Triad region and Roxboro: Storm Total Snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches.

More than 260,000 customers across the Southeast are without power Monday following a deadly weekend snow storm. Her husband was picking her up at the end of the day in a vehicle that has good traction, she said. Schools are closed in several cities and more than 100,000 homes are still without power. By late Sunday night more than 380,000 residents of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia were without power.

Get the day's breaking stories, weather forecast, and more sent straight to your inbox every morning. Central Arkansas looks to only pick up, at most, 1 inch of snow. But the weather service says it could be followed by more ice than expected, up to a quarter inch.

The brunt of the storm may have passed, but North Carolina residents still face perilous conditions after record-setting snow walloped the state.

The state emergency operations center attributed two deaths to the storm.

Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states, which hit portions of North Carolina and Virginia particularly hard. "This weekend isn't the time to head out to see the winter wonderland".

"Be prepared to stay put for a few days when the storm rolls in and the roads become slick", Cooper said.

A snow plow moves on a snowy Durham N.C. street after several inches fell on Sunday Dec. 9 2018. A storm spreading snow sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path raising the threat of immobilizing sno

At least one person was killed in the storm when a tree fell on a auto in Matthews, North Carolina, Sunday afternoon. North Carolina State Highway Patrol warned that even after streets are treated, they can freeze over again. Cooper said emergency crews, including the National Guard, worked overnight to clear traffic accidents on major roadways.

The winter storm moving through the Southeast is expected to have a heavy impact in the Piedmont of North Carolina and southern Virginia, but is expected to have little or no impact farther north, the weather service said.

Severe weather affecting areas of North Carolina took effect on Sunday which resulted in overturned snow ploughs and obstructed roads and poor visibility conditions.

Most of the canceled or delayed flights were traveling into or out of North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia.

American Airlines also issued a travel alert for nine airports throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Flurries to light snow possible for southern Maryland and Northern Virginia on Sunday.

The storm was expected to move off the coast on Monday, although the NWS's lead forecaster Michael Schichtel warned it would continue to be "a unsafe system".

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