‘Crippling’ Ice Storm in South Strands Thousands of Travelers

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 February 2014
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Aircraft in Atlanta prior to the storm

Aircraft in Atlanta prior to the storm

If you are currently in the south, chances are you will be stuck wherever you are for the next couple of days.  A storm of epic proportions with what the National Weather Service called “the potential for crippling ice and snow accumulations” is moving through the southern states Wednesday.

The “catastrophic” storm is expected to continue up the coast and into the Northeast Wednesday night all the way through Friday, bringing over a foot of snow to some areas.

Ahead of the storm, airlines cancelled over 1,500 flights on Tuesday. On Wednesday, over 3,200 flights have been cancelled, while 764 have been delayed as of 10:40 a.m. Eastern Time, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service,

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport led the country in affected flights, with a total of 2,127 cancellations, and 42 delays.  North Carolina airports have been largely affected as well, with Charlotte Douglas International Airport having 791 cancellations and 18 delays, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport seeing 160 cancellations and 10 delays.

In Atlanta, freezing rain and sleet is expected to fall all throughout the day, with as much as half an inch of ice accumulation possible.  The National Weather Service said that the storm will “result in impossible travel conditions” as well as “widespread and extended power outages” in and around the Atlanta area.  More freezing rain and snow are expected to fall Wednesday night, with as much as three additional inches of accumulation expected.

Columbia, South Carolina will be experiencing sleet and freezing rain Wednesday and Wednesday night, with over 3” of accumulation possible.  The National Weather Service warned travelers to “consider delaying motor vehicle travel until freezing rain ends.”

In Raleigh, a total of 1” to 3” of snow, sleet, and freezing are expected to fall Wednesday and into the night.  An additional 1” to 3” of snow and sleet could hit the city on Thursday.

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