Winter storm forecast to lash South with snow, ice

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This seemingly relentless winter of 2013-14 is forecast to bring yet another round of snow and ice to the southern USA today, Tuesday and Wednesday. The same storm could then head up the East Coast later in the week, unleashing a blast of winter misery to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Early Monday, the National Weather Service had issued winter weather advisories, watches and warnings all the way from the Panhandle of Texas to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Though some light snow and ice is forecast today in portions of the South, more substantial snow and ice will develop and spread from northern Louisiana and Arkansas to the Carolinas Monday night through Tuesday, reported AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski,

Significant snow and ice is likely to continue through Wednesday across the Piedmont and mountains of the Carolinas and northern Georgia, potentially bringing travel to a halt.

"Tuesday night and Wednesday, there is the potential for a crippling ice storm in parts of east-central Alabama, north and central Georgia, central South Carolina, central North Carolina and southeast Virginia," according to Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth.

The Weather Channel has named the storm Winter Storm Pax.

Hoping to avoid a repeat of the gridlock that shut down Atlanta in a winter storm two weeks ago, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency Monday for 14 counties in north Georgia that are under a winter storm warning.

The governor asked metro Atlanta motorists to get off the roads by early evening Monday so that Department of Transportation crews and prepare for the storm. He also urged tractor-trailer drivers to avoid Interstate 285; big-rig crashes exacerbated road problems two weeks ago.

Schools in Atlanta and some suburbs cancelled after-school activities Monday, and were monitoring the situation for further closures.

In northern Georgia, many people were loading up at an Ace Hardware store in downtown Decatur on Sunday afternoon, according to WXIA-TV.

Gary Dixon was storing up on ice-melting salt. "I might be overreacting, but I'll just be ready," Dixon said.

Ace Hardware stores across town were sold out of the ice melter by Sunday afternoon.

Later in the week, the storm could head up the East Coast, with the potential for significant accumulating snow in the Northeast, including the I-95 urban corridor, from late Wednesday through Thursday or early Friday, the Weather Channel predicts.

Contributing: Associated Press; WXIA-TV, Atlanta; Larry Copeland, USA TODAY, in Atlanta


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