A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. At least 15 people died in accidents and frigid weather. Residents of the state should stay home or drive with caution, he said.
Travel chaos comes the day after major carriers United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines collectively cancelled more than 1,200 flights on Tuesday.
Ryan Willis, a meteorologist for the National Water Service based in Peachtree City, south of Atlanta, said the forecast called for 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 4 centimeters) of snow to fall in metropolitan Atlanta through Wednesday morning, with localized higher amounts. A dark-colored sedan sat abandoned in the middle of the road in one neighborhood Thursday. We aren't used to that.
"My lock was frozen, so I couldn't even unlock the door. I made it OK except for my toes". "It's more snow than we thought we were going to get". Some stretches of interstate highway were still covered in icy spots or only partially plowed.
In storm-hit North and SC, more than 32,000 homes and businesses were without power by Wednesday afternoon, utilities data showed.
"I know we all get stir insane and cabin fever. Stay home", the office said on its Facebook page. Houston also posted a record low of 20 degrees for the date.
Snow was falling in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Wednesday afternoon and evening. In North Carolina, where more than 2,000 snow-plough personnel worked to clear roads, the state Highway Patrol reported almost 1,600 traffic accidents during the first 12 hours of Wednesday.
Heading into the evening, temperatures will remain below freezing, with snowfall slowing down as it approaches dark.
Temperatures are expected to drop Wednesday causing rain to change over into snow. Flight delays were exacerbated because some screeners couldn't make it to work, leaving the Transportation Security Administration with a single checkpoint in the domestic terminal. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates.
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They said: "A spell of persistent and heavy snow is expected on Wednesday night, clearing eastwards by dawn on Thursday morning". Police Scotland said their advice had been downgraded though there was still a high likelihood of disruption on the roads.
In snow-covered parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas, temperatures may not rise above freezing until Thursday.
Louisiana was also struggling to dig out.
In Louisiana, Interstate-10 from Baton Rouge to Lafayette was closed.
There is some good news on the horizon: Much milder weather is forecast for the eastern half of the U.S.by the weekend, the Climate Prediction Center said. At least twelve people died, including a baby in a auto that plunged off a slippery overpass into a Louisiana canal. The baby's mother was in critical condition.
Two others died along an icy stretch of I-75 southeast of Atlanta. One homeless person died from hypothermia, fire Chief Samuel Peña said.
A young college student died on icy I-64, hitting a tractor-trailer in West Virginia.
Alek Kroutmann, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Slidell, Louisiana, said the Baton Rouge forecast calling for a low of 19 degrees (-7 Celsius) Wednesday would fall just shy of the record for that date in Louisiana's capital city: 18 degrees (-8 Celsius) on January 17, 1977.