Treacherous driving conditions and canceled flights can keep residents stuck in the home for days as an awful mixture of snow and ice grip the Southeast.
“Over 20 million folks are under the winter season alerts, over 8 million folks are under a flash flood threat, and over 9 million folks are under wind advisories,” Sunday cnn meteorologist Haley Brink said.
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sunday in the southern and central Appalachians
More than 12 inches of snow will fall, the National Weather Service said.
Snowfall could total 12 to 20 inches on the Appalachians and in to the Carolinas by, once the storm is likely to move off the coast, the NWS said.
“Snowfall amounts in a few locations will probably exceed a foot and bring about several days of difficult or impossible travel, extended power outages, and downed trees,” the agency said.
The storm has knocked out power for a lot more than 546 already,000 customers in the Southeast.
The almost all the outages come in NEW YORK, where 244,807 customers come in the dark. In SC, a lot more than 225,600 customers have lost power. And Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia each had 20 about,000 and 30,000 customers are out of electricity.
Those hoping to flee the storm may be out of luck. A lot more than 1,sunday flights into and out of North Carolina&rsquo 100;s Charlotte Douglas International Airport have already been canceled, in accordance with flight tracking website FlightAware.
More than half the Sunday flights at Raleigh-Durham AIRPORT TERMINAL and Piedmont Triad AIRPORT TERMINAL are also called off.
North Carolina has 500 car wrecks in 11 hours
In Durham County, residents typically get about 6 inches of snow over a whole year. Sunday morning but on, they woke around see 6 inches of snow on the floor.
“The roads in Durham are treacherous rather than safe for driving,” the Durham County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
Authorities taken care of immediately a lot more than 500 car crashes between midnight and 11 a.m. Sunday, NEW YORK Gov. Roy Cooper said.
“We’ve seen many collisions too. … We’re encouraging visitors to stay off the roads,” he said. “The largest concern is ice.”
prior to the storm hit
Even, Cooper declared a statewide emergency. Supermarket shelves were cleared of bread, milk along with other staples.
North Carolina Highway Patrol said anyone who must drive should leave doubly much following space behind another car, in the event another closest vehicle loses control.
‘Ice is now a large problem’ in South Carolina
In SC, circumstances known for palmettos than freezing rain rather, ice-covered roads are making driving conditions perilous.
“Ice is now a large problem. Please stay off the roads,” Greenville County Emergency Management pleaded.
The local National Weather Service office had to regulate its forecast map Sunday after it became clear more ice was expected near Interstate 85.
“We’ve increased our ice (accumulation) forecast a lot across the I-85 corridor,” the NWS Greenville-Spartanburg office said.
And with ice and heavy snow come power outages.
As of 4:30 a.m. Sunday, 2.5 inches of snow had fallen in the Greenville-Spartanburg area.. Around 30 minutes later, the county’s emergency management office said 14,189 customers had lost power.
The storm left a trail of misery in Texas
striking the Southeast
Before, this moisture-heavy storm walloped Texas flash flooding across the southern edge of hawaii and snow and ice in the north.
As the moisture east moved, it collided with a high-pressure system on the Ohio Valley that’s funneling cold air in to the region.
In Lubbock, Texas Tech University rescheduled all Saturday final exams for Sunday.
Parts of Lubbock were buried under 10 inches of snow — year 2 inches a lot more than the town usually gets in a complete.
“They crushed their yearly average in a day,” CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said.
More flight cancellations to come
monday as more flights get canceled
Grounded airline passengers might remain stuck.
The Charlotte airport said it expects cancellations through, involving small mostly, regional planes.
American Airlines, whose second-largest hub is in Charlotte, has canceled 1,sunday 100 flights for. It’s not yet determined when those passengers will be able to can get on board, monday curently have been nixed since another 320 flights scheduled for.