Winter Snow Storm Updates: States Brace for Dangerous Conditions

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The storm, which brought snowfall to the South, was expected to chug on the Appalachians and into the Northeast connected Sunday. In the Carolinas, powerfulness failures were apt from damaging ice.

A wintertime  tempest  lashed Greenville, S.C., connected  Sunday. Snow, sleet and freezing rainfall  were expected on  the Appalachians and into the interior Northeast.
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Jan. 16, 2022Updated 1:44 p.m. ET

A beardown wintertime tempest brought dense snowfall to parts of the Southeast connected Sunday and was expected to permission astir a ft of snowfall successful parts of the Northeast, knocking retired powerfulness to tens of thousands of customers arsenic unsafe crystal coated highways successful the Carolinas.

In the South, wherever immoderate governors declared states of emergency connected Friday, areas specified arsenic cardinal Mississippi and cardinal North Carolina had already received much than 9 inches of snow, portion portions of Tennessee and Alabama received a substance of snowfall and freezing rain, the National Weather Service said.

“This tempest is going to beryllium beauteous important successful presumption of generating question impacts, outages and things of that nature,” said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.

In Georgia, astir 75,000 customers were without powerfulness connected Sunday afternoon, according to, which aggregates information from utilities crossed the United States. South Carolina had astir 99,000 customers without power, and North Carolina had astir 48,000.

More than a quarter-inch of crystal was expected to accumulate successful the Piedmont regions of North and South Carolina connected Sunday.


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Forecasters said the tempest strategy could bring much than a ft of snowfall to immoderate areas, including parts of the Appalachians and upstate New York. Parts of the precocious Midwest and northwest Pennsylvania could get up to 2 feet of snow, Mr. Otto said.

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina warned residents astatine a quality league connected Sunday to enactment disconnected the roads due to the fact that parts of the authorities had received up to a ft of snow.

“For today, the champion mode to debar a car mishap oregon getting stranded is to enactment put,” helium said.

As of Sunday morning, determination were already 200 reports of crashes arsenic a effect of the storm, said Col. Freddy Johnson Jr., the commandant of the State Highway Patrol.

“Travel is treacherous crossed overmuch of our state,” Col. Johnson said.

The North Carolina Office of Emergency Management said connected Twitter that “many North Carolinians could beryllium without powerfulness successful highly debased temperatures” connected Sunday. Mr. Cooper said respective counties were opening lukewarm shelters for them.

As the tempest moves toward the Northeast connected Sunday afternoon, it volition stay inland, meaning cities person to the coast, from Washington to Boston, volition chiefly person dense rain, Mr. Otto said.

Significant flooding was imaginable successful parts of eastbound Long Island and coastal New England connected Sunday nighttime and into Monday morning, helium said.

Ben Gelber, a meteorologist astatine WCMH-TV successful Columbus, Ohio, said connected Saturday that “more radical volition beryllium impacted by this tempest than immoderate wintertime tempest we’ve had this season.”


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Elsewhere successful the South, meteorologists said, northeastern Georgia and the Carolinas were expected to carnivore the brunt of freezing precipitation connected Sunday.

In Georgia, the Department of Public Safety reported respective examples of drivers losing control connected icy roadways, and officials said that roadworthy conditions would worsen done the time arsenic beardown upwind gusts battered the state, hindering efforts to wide the highways.

Crews successful South Carolina and Mississippi were besides moving connected Sunday greeting to wide highways. Videos shared by the states’ proscription departments showed highways that were achromatic with snowfall and astir wholly wide of vehicles.

On Friday, Gov. Ralph S. Northam of Virginia and Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia joined Mr. Cooper by declaring states of emergency.

“This upcoming upwind strategy is apt to see further downed trees, much electrical outages and important impacts connected question conditions,” Mr. Northam said successful his declaration, issued connected his past afloat time successful office. Virginia proscription officials were caught disconnected defender aboriginal this period erstwhile a tempest stranded hundreds of drivers connected Interstate 95 southbound of Washington.

Mr. Northam warned that the tempest could nutrient upwind gusts of up to 70 miles per hr on the coast. Temperatures fell good beneath zero connected Saturday throughout New England and parts of New York.

Southwest Airlines warned travelers passing done airports crossed the South that flights could beryllium delayed, diverted oregon canceled. American Airlines and Delta made akin announcements related to the weather.

By Sunday morning, much than 1,000 flights had been canceled successful the affected states, according to, which tracks delays and cancellations crossed the country.

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