Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Southern United States Faces Wintry Mess in Snow Storm

Southern United States Faces Wintry Mess in Snow Storm

The high water that swamped roads and bayous in Houston is already draining away, but the system is now targeting the Carolinas with snow and bitter cold.

A motorist needed help after at least six inches of snow fell across parts of North Carolina on Sunday.

Being prepared means having up to three days worth of food on-hand and an emergency kit in your vehicle, said North Carolina's emergency management officials on Saturday. Amtrak has canceled or modified some routes because of the storm. Sleet and flooding are also possible across the South.

Charlotte could be coated with up to a half-inch of ice, along with 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet, by the time the storm gradually weakens Monday and moves out by Monday evening, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

The National Weather Service said a "prolonged period of snow" began late Saturday and would last until Monday in the region, with the heaviest snow expected in northwest North Carolina and southern Virginia.

The flooding and winter precipitation may also impact Georgia.

The storm tore through Texas, dumping snow and unseasonal heavy rain, CBS News' Janet Shamlian reports. And just as we forecast the heaviest snow is falling north of the Charlotte metro... with heavy accumulating into the foothills and the mountains.

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Flights to and from cities in North Carolina and Virginia have been impacted, too, according to travel advisories from multiple major airlines, including Delta, Southwest, United and American.

On Saturday, the governor urged people not to risk travel during the snowstorm, which he reminded residents isn't the same thing as "snow fall".

North Arkansas will see up to 6 inches of snow and up to one-10th of an inch of ice.

The culprit is a moisture-heavy storm that brought downpours and flash flooding along the southern edge of Texas and snow and ice in the north. Meanwhile, the higher elevations of the Ozark Mountains will likely see 2 to 6 inches of snow on top of a glaze of ice up to a quarter of an inch.

North Carolina Emergency Management said that the threat of ice and freezing rain increased Sunday, especially along the Interstate 85 corridor.

Snow totals will be lower in northeastern Arkansas and northwestern Tennessee, where a trace to 1 inch of snow is possible.

In Lubbock, Texas Tech University rescheduled all Saturday final exams for Sunday.

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