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article imageWinter storm hits U.S. South bringing rare snowfall

By Karen Graham     Jan 7, 2017 in Environment
A winter storm packing heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain hit the South of the U.S. on Friday, bringing many cities and towns to a standstill in a region unaccustomed to lots of snow, causing traffic accidents and school and church closings.
A large swatch of the Eastern U.S., including northeast Louisiana on up to southern Pennsylvania is expected to get at least 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow and one inch (three centimeters) of sleet. Added to the winter blanket of white will be temperatures that are forecast to drop into the single digits by Monday morning.
Reuters is reporting that police from Oklahoma and Arkansas began reporting scores of accidents on Friday as the storm moved in and by Friday evening, the governors of most Southern states had issued emergency declarations ahead of the storm. As of early Friday night, snow had fallen in Raleigh; Memphis, Tennessee; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and the northern Atlanta suburbs.
The National Weather Service says heavy snow is expected today and tonight from portions of the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic and coastal New England, along with frigid temperatures expected from the southern plains to the Mid-Atlantic region.
Snow and freezing rain will come to an end across most of the Southeast by midday while snow will continue to fall across coastal New England before tapering off Sunday morning. Heavy snow and gusting winds will bring blizzard-like conditions to the Carolinas north to coastal portions of the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.
Residents in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions can expect the frigid conditions to persist through Monday before temperatures begin to moderate in the middle of the week. By Monday morning, when you wake up, temperatures in some areas will be in the single digits.
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