February 12, 2010

Snowstorm Cancels Hundreds of Flights, Some Schools in the Deep South

A disruptive snowstorm is delivering enough snow and a wintry mix across the Deep South to make a mess of travel, down trees, cut power, cancel school and foil plans.

However, the snow will give kids in the South a rare opportunity to go sledding or build a snowman.

The storm will push across the Gulf of Mexico today, spreading snow along the I-20 corridor in the South today, especially across Alabama and Georgia. Enough snow or a wintry mix could fall along stretches of I-10 to cause slushy, slippery travel, especially on bridges and overpasses.

A wintry mix with snow and sleet is expected to fall on the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico, including Mobile and Tallahassee.

The snow will spread from Georgia to the Carolinas overnight into early Saturday. Motorists will encounter dangerous roadway conditions along I-40, I-85, and I-95.

Montgomery, Atlanta, Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, and Wilmington are all in the path of the heaviest snow, 3-6 inches. Some areas away from the coast in the Carolinas could get even higher amounts from this storm.

The nature of the heavy, wet snow will down trees and cause power outages in many communities of the South.

Airline travelers with flights into or out of major airports in the South should expect delays and cancellations.

According to CNN, hundreds of Atlanta flights were canceled ahead of the storm.

This same storm already dumped heavy snow over portions of the southern Plains, including some record snowfall over northern Texas on Thursday.

Dallas was blanketed by 11.2 inches of snow on Thursday, shattering the old daily snow record of 1.4 inches set in 1988.

This amount of snow brings the seasonal snow total to 14.4 inches, which ranks as the third snowiest winter for the city.

Many slide-offs and accidents occurred across northern Texas through central Louisiana Thursday into Thursday night.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meghan Evans

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