A rare winter storm is bringing a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the Southeast and Gulf Coast early this week. Several inches of snow will accumulate in the Carolinas with a dangerous mix of sleet and freezing rain making for slippery travel along stretches of Interstate 95 through midweek.
Snow is spreading through the Southeast into the western Carolinas with an icy mix as far south as the western Florida Panhandle and eastern Carolinas this afternoon.
Widespread Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings extend from eastern Texas to the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Houston, New Orleans, Tallahassee, Fla., Montgomery, Ala., Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wilmington and Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., and Atlantic City, N.J., are all included.
The wintry mess is due to a disturbance sliding north and east from the Gulf of Mexico, teaming up with cold air oozing south from an Arctic high pressure across the Great Lakes. The moisture ahead of the weather disturbance is being squeezed out as snow, sleet and freezing rain in the Deep South as a result of this dangerous combination.
A winter storm of this magnitude is rare in the Deep South. Although most of the precipitation will be ice in New Orleans, the last measurable snow was December 11, 2008 when 1 inch fell at Moisant Field. In Tallahassee, Fla., the last trace of sleet occurred on Christmas Eve in 2004. For more details and updates
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team