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Ice may glaze roads in southeastern US Thursday night

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 28, 2017, 3:38:07 AM EST

Following spotty ice on Wednesday, a colder storm may bring an icy mix and hazardous travel to part of the Southeastern states on Thursday night.

"The amount of moisture that is available to the second storm is questionable and may limit the amount of sleet and freezing rain," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

"At this time, there is the potential for enough ice to glaze surfaces in the southeastern parts of Georgia and South Carolina," Pydynowski said.

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While a small amount of sleet or freezing rain will not bring down power lines, it can make for very dangerous travel conditions by foot or wheel.

Portions of Interstates 16, 26, 40 and 95, as well as U.S. Route 17, may be slippery. These surfaces may appear to be be wet but may be icy, especially on bridges and overpasses.

Cities at risk for some icy or wintry precipitation include Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. A bit of ice may make it up toward Wilmington, North Carolina.

It is unlikely that the ice and snow will extend farther northwest toward Atlanta, Greenville, South Carolina, and Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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The same storm may join up with a storm from the Midwest in the Northeast states on Saturday. Should the two storms merge quickly and hug the coast, a snowstorm may unfold in part of the Northeast, which may hinder travel to and from some the major airport hubs. Crews and aircraft may also be displaced in such an event.

There is a chance a winter storm occurs in the South before the coldest air of the season so far arrives for the southeastern part of the nation around New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

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