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    Ice Storm Knocks out Power to Quarter of a Million in Southeast

    By by Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    March 09, 2014, 12:54:16 AM EST

    A storm responsible for ice in portions of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday will continue to bring much of the same to parts of North Carolina and Virginia on Friday.

    As Senior Meteorologist Mark Mancuso mentioned yesterday, "The storm could strengthen just enough to tap into just enough cold air in parts of northeastern Georgia, the Carolinas to portions of southern Virginia to bring some freezing rain, sleet and wet snow later Thursday into Friday."


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    Cities that have the best chance of seeing dangerous ice and snow accumulations on Friday include Greensboro, N.C.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Roanoke, Va. and Lynchburg, Va., to name a few.

    Power outages across North Carolina late Friday morning surpassed 330,000 customers, and as freezing rain continues through midday, this number will only go up.

    According to Winter Weather Expert Brian Wimer, "The storm can unload a half a foot of snow or more on the some of the mountains in western North Carolina and a couple of inches of snow over some of the mountains in southwestern Virginia."

    The mountains along the eastern Tennessee border also have a chance at picking up a bit of snow.

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    According to Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, "The odds favor freezing rain and sleet farther to the northeast over upstate South Carolina, central North Carolina to part of southern Virginia."

    Enough snow or a wintry mix could fall in this swath to cover grassy surfaces and bring slippery travel, especially on bridges and overpasses. Ice will develop on trees limbs and could cause sporadic power outages.

    There is a chance the storm may track far enough to the north to bring a little wintry mix to Washington, D.C, Baltimore, Dover, Del., and Atlantic City, N.J., on Friday.


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    The same strengthening storm can kick up winds and waves from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to southeastern Virginia, the Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey late in the week. Tides are likely to run 1-2 feet above published levels.

    Ice Storm Hits South Central States Tuesday

    Cold air trapped near the ground Tuesday morning allowed a zone of freezing rain to develop in part of the South Central states.

    Ice snarled traffic across portions of Texas and Louisiana early on Tuesday. The treacherous conditions and resultant accidents led to closures along portions of I-10, I-110, US 190 and other local roads across Louisiana.


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    WAFB 9 Louisiana's footage showed scenes reminiscent of Atlanta's late-January ice storm, which stranded motorists for as many as 24 hours.

    Texas road crews were out in full force to sand the icy roads.

    Meanwhile, Flightstats reports that the messy wintry weather forced the cancellation of more than 900 flights and delays of approximately 4,000 flights across the U.S. as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the highest numbers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

    Ice knocked out power to more than 21,700 customers of Entergy Louisiana, LLC, Entergy Texas, LLC, AEP Texas and Oncor.

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