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Heavy Snow, Ice Target I-10 and I-95 in South

Invading arctic air will set the stage for substantial snow and ice to fall this week

Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, 7:23 p.m. ET
APTOPIX Winter Storm
(AP Photo)

The polar blast now invading the East and South will set the stage for snow and ice to cause significant disruptions in the South on Tuesday through Wednesday.

High temperatures are forecast to be in the 30s as far south as the I-10 corridor from Houston to Pensacola, Fla., and Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday.

With that cold air in place, a storm system will tap into enough moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to allow snow and ice to develop from central Texas to the eastern Carolinas on Tuesday through Wednesday.

Houston and Austin, Texas; New Orleans; Mobile, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Savannah, Atlanta and Macon, Ga.; Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Columbia, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; and Raleigh, Wilmington and the Outer Banks of North Carolina lie within this zone.

South Storm

Sleet could even make an appearance in Jacksonville.

While the infrequent snow will be a welcome sight for children and those young at heart, this will be a major winter storm for the I-10 corridor and the eastern Carolinas.

AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center
Snow- and Cold-Related Watches, Warnings
Forecast Temperature Maps

Comparable events for this storm and the area of concern include Jan. 10, 2011. According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Emily Timte, "The storm of 2011 clobbered parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina with between 0.50 and 1.00 inch of ice."

A snowstorm spanning Feb. 11 to 13, 2010, captured part of the same area forecast to be hit by the system into this Wednesday. The storm during 2010 reached from Longview, Texas, to Cape Hatteras, N.C., where it put down a swath of 4 to 8 inches of snow along much of the way.

The amount of snow and ice (whether falling as sleet or freezing rain) could be substantial, leading to school closures, extremely treacherous travel and flight cancellations.

Snow in South

Residents and travelers should prepare for significant disruptions. This includes motorists planning to travel on Interstates 10, 40, 45, 65, 75 and 95.

Snow totals are expected to top 3 inches from southeastern Alabama to eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. This zone stretches across Montgomery, Ala., and Augusta, Ga., and lies just east of Raleigh.

A small area in part of the Carolinas are forecast to receive between 6 and 10 inches of snow from this storm, including Fayetteville, N.C. and Columbia, S.C.

In between the snow and plain rain across the Florida Peninsula will be substantial sleet and freezing rain. Power outages are a serious concern, especially where most of the winter storm produces freezing rain.

The storm has the potential to rival damage and the number of outages from the southern ice storm of Feb. 10-11, 1994. According to the New York Times, the storm in 1994 reached from the lower Mississippi Valley to the southeastern knocked out power to 800,000 people.

The storm Tuesday into Wednesday has the potential to rival damage from the 1994 event but will tend to focus more toward part of the Gulf and southern Atlantic coasts.

The winter storm could linger along the Carolina coast for a time on Thursday before heading out to sea.

The storm should not turn northward to graze the Northeast. The impending arctic blast will instead push the storm track well offshore, offering protection to the Northeast.

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this is funny weather but the lord has sent it and we cant do any thing about it

January 28 2014 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It has been so cold in the Youngstown, Ohio area, the politicians have had their hands in their own pockets for weeks now - a beautiful sight to see.

January 28 2014 at 6:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll bet the polar bears are as happy as pigs in slop right now.

January 28 2014 at 6:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well it is arriving soon down south the Polar Express is at full steam ahead and nothing stopping it. Some people laugh at us because schools shut down, businesses close up and roads are closed down. What people don't realize is , drivers down here do not know how to drive on dry days much less rainy days. Those who have driven down here have some idea of how it is. Well folks , as we say in the south when a hurricane blows in...honker down and hope for the best....ya'll stay warm....

January 28 2014 at 6:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Invading arctic air will set the stage for substantial snow and ice to fall this week"
Everyone talks about the weather, including the "Global Warming" sages, BUT, THEY, cannot do anything about it! Humans cannot change anything about Mother Nature; THEY can only "talk" about it! The happenings in our world in not "Global Warming'", Or a start of a new "Ice Age"! Man's intervention into the weather business, is what Man is doing to our Protection! Weather is not changing; weather is relocating! Our atmosphere is being polluted with immeasurable tons of burned exhaust, and what used to be weightless, has now become a satellite! Like the rings of Mars. The heavier Stratosphere is now effecting the location of storms. Hurricanes are not as plentiful; but they become bigger and more violent! AND; you ain't seen nothing yet! Tornadoes, are also reacting, in the same manner! Hell, freezing over; is not a question; but just relocating the storms. Pollution at ground level, is one thing; pollution of our stratosphere is another. No one will "choke" in the stratosphere, but, we will pay for our disregard! (Dearly)! What is the answer?
Thinking about it, will NOT help; some action is needed!

January 28 2014 at 5:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jack Keshner

I live in Staten Island,NY Its 10 degrees here without the wind chill .I'll take the 30 degrees that's hitting the south any day......One hell of a winter so far,,,

January 28 2014 at 5:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

global warming....right...

January 28 2014 at 5:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, hes still working on his spelling skills, he's chillin' out now........

January 28 2014 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love the Carolinas........

January 28 2014 at 4:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can see it now... in Atlanta there will be empty shelves in the grocery stores- where there used to be bread, milk and toilet paper !

January 28 2014 at 4:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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