There go the milk and eggs: The South prepares for snow

  • There go the milk and eggs: The South prepares for snow

There go the milk and eggs: The South prepares for snow

A powerful winter storm brought heavy snow and ice causing risky travel conditions throughout the southern United States.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that a state of emergency declaration will take effect at noon Friday for 79 counties.

One man in Kentucky died Thursday after his pickup truck slid off a snow-slickened road, authorities said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Friday and Saturday from eastern Alabama through north Georgia, including Atlanta, and into the Carolinas and part of Virginia.

In North Carolina, Saturday's ceremonies formally marking the inauguration of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper have been canceled. Still, winter storms, just like any weather system, aren't often interested in sticking to forecasters' pre-set boundaries. Preliminary figures from the National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina, showed snowfall totals reached up to 10 inches in at least seven locations, including Greensboro and High Point, Lewisville in Forsyth County, and Lenoir and Rhodhiss in Caldwell County.

"It looks more and more as if this will be a significant snow event in North Carolina, so we are asking people to stay off the road when this weather event begins, and also to stay off the road when it ends", he said.

Trucks and cars are inching along icy roads and highways, from Alabama to Virginia as a winter storm pounds the southern region.

There is still some uncertainty, as a few forecasting models show precipitation arriving before the temperatures cool down enough to create snow.

Drivers struggled to make it up hills in some places, including an off-ramp from an interstate leading to two of Jackson's largest hospitals.

Flights were cancelled at several airports and long lines were reported at many supermarkets and hardware stores where residents were scooping up snow blowers and supplies such as ice melt and windshield wiper fluid. Hours of sleet coated parts of the state Friday. Charlotte's airport also says its operations are limited.

North Carolina's governor says winter weather has caused numerous auto crashes and is urging people to stay off the roads. However, the situation is a bit better in Atlanta, where airport officials say some flights have been canceled but regular takeoffs and landings are resuming.

Ice might become more of a factor than accumulations of snow in parts of the Atlanta area through Saturday afternoon, according to CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam.

And the bad weather may not be over yet - the National Weather Service has warned those in the east of the U.S. to prepare for more cold temperatures on Sunday, especially in North Carolina and Virginia, which could see temperatures of around -15C.

First reports of power outages began with 18,000 homes and businesses without electricity. That includes about 3,000 in the county surrounding Charlotte and more than 4,000 in neighboring Union County. It advised travelers to check their carrier for cancellations.

"Consider yourselves the chosen few", Cooper joked to the well-wishers who made it to his 20-minute oath-taking.

Roads were also treacherous.

A winter storm is spreading snow and ice across the South, threatening to disrupt the lives of tens of millions of people Friday and Saturday.

Its forecast called for 4 inches or more of snow for parts of Georgia, South Carolina and the piedmont and foothills of North Carolina.

Residents have been told to stay home until the roads are safe to travel.

People across much of North Carolina are waking up to a blanket of snow. But the winter road mess caused hundreds of fender benders and other non-injury crashes, some involving school buses, on Nashville, Tennessee, roads by Friday.