Snow blankets NC; power lost, crashes reported

Snowy tennis court in Sandy Springs Georgia this morning January 17th 2018                       Jill Martin  CNN

From Charlotte to Raleigh, North Carolina's five most populous cities all saw significant snow from a system that followed an atypical west-to-east path across the state. The carrier offered to waive fees to passengers will to change flights that originated or ended in Boston, New York, Philadelphia as well as other affected airports for scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday flights.

Numerous cancellations Wednesday morning were concentrated at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and Boston's Logan International Airport.

North Carolina is accustomed to getting some snow, but people were surprised at the ferocity of this storm, which dumped as much as an inch per hour from the mountains to the coast and piled a foot of snow in parts of Durham County.

The second major winter storm of the season, Inga, is making its way up the southeastern coastline and the northern states are preparing for a cold weekend.

"The snow is pretty, but don't be fooled", Cooper said.

Temperatures will still be near freezing in Texas, Louisiana and MS which will likely continue to make for icy road conditions. "It's more snow than we thought we were going to get".

"It's a good day to stay home and enjoy the family", he said.

About 3,000 homes and businesses were without power late Thursday afternoon, according to Duke Energy.

Schools remained closed or had delayed openings across much of the region, effectively giving many students a seven-day break as the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday extended through Thursday.

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But many roads still have icy spots after another night of freezing temperatures, so other school systems and counties aren't resuming normal operations until Friday.

Problems are worst in areas that had the most snow and ice, about 3 inches.

A fire official was fatally injured Wednesday in West Feliciana Parish when a pickup truck pulling a trailer lost control on an icy road and hit the chief, who was investigating a previous crash, said Louisiana State Police. By 10 a.m. Wednesday, the state Highway Patrol had reported 546 collisions across the state, majority in the mountain counties where snow began falling Tuesday night. "So obviously that's why we're having black ice concerns, but during the daytime hours, we should see temperatures get above freezing, so that'll help with cleanup and melting".

By Thursday afternoon, temperatures throughout the South were above freezing.

The storm also surprised some along the Outer Banks late Wednesday night through early Thursday morning when nearly ten inches of snow fell around Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.

But even where accumulation is lighter, it could lead to slippery travel given the recent stretch of low temperatures, the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

Wind chill advisories are in effect as temperatures have fallen below -18 degrees Celsius in parts of the Carolinas, Alabama and Virginia. SC lawmakers also took the rest of the week off.

As a heavy band of snow developed from near the Triad to the northwest side of the Triangle near Chapel Hill and Durham, it became clear I needed to increase our forecast to up to 8 inches or perhaps even more. The storm is expected to blow offshore after dumping on North Carolina. Snow tapered off across the state by late Wednesday.

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