Commuters in US South address ice after lethal storm

Snow sends motorists skidding in the South

Snow sends motorists skidding in the South

Wintry weather fell upon most counties around North Carolina on Wednesday, leaving behind inches of snow and icy roads.

A winter storm that killed two people in Louisiana, two in North Carolina and one in Houston has blanketed the South in snow and ice, causing traffic pileups, canceling hundreds of flights and prompting officials to urge people to stay indoors through Thursday afternoon, when a considerable warm-up is expected.

In northern Durham County, Ben Kimmel marveled as snow blew across his property all day Wednesday.

The temperature point will also keep snow-covered areas unchanged in Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia.

Kimmel said his shoveling priorities would be walkways for him and his wife, as well as their dogs.

Two others died along an icy stretch of I-75 southeast of Atlanta.

Temperatures early Thursday in North Carolina ranged from 3 degrees (-16 Celsius) in western North Carolina to 28 degrees (-2 Celsius) along the Outer Banks.

Governor Roy Cooper gave an update Thursday afternoon on the winter storm that hammered North Carolina.

North Carolina is dealing with up to 10 inches of snow and thousands of power outages after Wednesday's storm.

"I know I sound like a broken record, but it's important to stay off the roads unless it's absolutely necessary to drive", Gov. Cooper said. It is against the law to charge an excessive price during a state of emergency. Snow fell in a wide band that stretched from southeastern Texas all the way to western MA.

At least four people died in Louisiana, including a man knocked off an elevated portion of Interstate 10 in New Orleans when a pickup spun out on ice, and an 8-month-old baby, identified Thursday as Kollage Le-Silva, who was pulled unconscious with his mother from their auto after it slid off an icy overpass and landed in a canal in suburban New Orleans.

About 10,000 homes and businesses were without power early Thursday, including about half in Durham and Wake counties.

Parts of highways were closed Wednesday in Louisiana, including a 45-mile stretch of Interstate 49 northwest of Baton Rouge because of icing, state police said. "This has been a slower-moving storm than anticipated so it's dumping more snow on us". Conditions should start to improve later today, according to Meteorologist Nick Petro.

Temperatures are expected to be below freezing Wednesday night, making black ice likely Thursday morning. With high pressure building to the southwest, however, temperatures will continue to warm day by day into the weekend, allowing the snow to quickly melt.

"The cold air is so strong, especially in the mid to upper levels, that we're going to see a predominant snow event with this so we could see anywhere, even across North Carolina and as far east as some of the beaches could see snow out of this and it's going to be pretty impressive to watch", Morrow said. Temperatures will still be near freezing in Texas, Louisiana and MS which will likely continue to make for icy road conditions.

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