Airports and road crews are in a race against time to prepare for a major winter storm taking aim at the Southeast through Wednesday, bringing as many as 10 inches to some places.
Fifty trucks and 70 crew members are prepared for the storm in Wake County, N.C., which could receive 3-6 inches of snow beginning Tuesday.
"We're brining as much as we can today," Steve Abbott, communications supervisor for the North Carolina Department of Transportation said of the Raleigh area Monday.
The area has not received a significant snow event yet this year.
If necessary, outlying counties will be called in to assist in snow removal, to ensure interstates and other major routes are clear, Abbott said.
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport has been warning travelers for days of potential winter storm impacts for central North Carolina.
Delta Airlines canceled hundreds of flights at the Houston Bush Airport in Houston, Texas, on Monday afternoon, in anticipation of the storm.
Numerous cancellations and delays were occurring last week for travelers headed Northeast, according to the airport's Twitter account, as a winter storm hammered Philadelphia and New York City up to Boston.
The storm is also forecast to bring 1-3 inches of snow to the Atlanta area, threatening to snarl travel plans for thousands.
"All snow-related equipment-runway de-icers, snowplows, sweepers, etc.- are being checked to make sure they are operating and ready for use," Reese McCranie, director of communications for the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport told AccuWeather.com.
As for cancellations and delays from this storm, it's too soon to tell who might be affected, McCranie said.
Farther south, an icy mix will threaten portions of northwestern Florida.
"Along the I-10 corridor is where the worst conditions will be with ice. Anyone living along or near that corridor are going to run into some issues," AccuWeather.com Expert Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.
Florida Department of Transportation's Northwest District has already loaded dry sand onto spreader trucks and has equipment staged at operations sites, a spokesperson told AccuWeather.com Monday.
"This is probably one of those storms that only occurs every 10 years or so. Air and ground travel could certainly be impacted tremendously," Kottlowski said.
Following a bout of stormy weather that has lingered through the week, drier and more tranquil weather will move into the Atlanta area for the weekend.
Chicago is facing a mostly clear weekend with the threat of some disruptive thunderstorms on Saturday.
The peak of hurricane season, among other things, arrives in the fall.
After former Hurricane Odile battered resorts across Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, vacationers were left stranded and isolated while waiting for evacuations with sparse communication to loved ones back home.
Moisture from Odile brought flooding rainfall to the Southwest on Wednesday and more is on the way.
Odile and other weather systems will bring both dangerous flooding and drought-busting rain in parts of Texas and the southern Plains.
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4" of rain fell from an early nor'easter.