Winter to Hit the Deep South, Thousands of Flights Delayed and Cancelled

By Jesse Sokolow on 27 January 2014
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DSC_0594Yet another winter storm is moving in, although this time, it is the southern part of the United States that will see the wrath of winter.  The storm is set to move in Tuesday morning through Wednesday, and will bring with it freezing rain and snow.

Already, cold arctic air preceding the storm has contributed to the cancellation of over 1,000 flights and more than 3,500 delays on Monday, as of 5:30 p.m., according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.  For Tuesday, 474 flights have been cancelled already, while only two have been delayed, although that number is likely to rise significantly over the next 24 hours.

The storm is expected to affect areas as far west as Texas, all the way through the Florida panhandle, and up through the Carolinas and into southern Virginia.  On Tuesday morning, Houston is likely to see freezing rain and sleet, although accumulation is likely to be less than one inch.

New Orleans is also expected to get freezing rain and sleet beginning Tuesday morning, which will likely turn into snow by nightfall.  Ice accumulation of 0.1” to 0.5” is possible, with snow accumulation likely to be less than 0.5”.

In Mobile, Alabama, as well as Pensacola, Florida, rain, freezing rain, and sleet are all expected throughout the day on Tuesday, with snow and more sleet continuing early Wednesday morning in Mobile.  Further North in Montgomery, Alabama, snow and sleet are expected on Tuesday, with around two inches of accumulation possible by night.

Atlanta is likely to see snow and sleet on Tuesday, as well as more snow through the night.  The city will most likely have see than 1.5” of accumulation however.

In Charleston, South Carolina, it is expected to rain throughout the day on Tuesday, though the precipitation will change to freezing rain by night.  A mixture of snow and rain are likely to hit the city on Wednesday, although there will be little to no accumulation.

Further north in Raleigh, North Carolina, snow is expected on Tuesday, with as much as 2” to 4” likely to stick.  The city could also see more snow early Wednesday morning.

In Richmond, Virginia, there is a slight chance of snow on both Tuesday and Wednesday.  If it does snow on the Virginia city however, accumulation is likely to be less than one inch.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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