South Faces Extended Snow, Ice Threat This Week

Published February 09, 2014

| AccuWeather

Waves of snow and ice will severely threaten travel and daily routines across the southern Plains and South through the first part of this week before a major winter storm attempts to take a run at the Northeast.

The same storm that brought record snow to Seattle on Saturday will cause some snow and an icy mix to drop southward to northern Texas and the Tennessee Valley Sunday night through Monday.

Initially through Monday, the ice will not be substantial. However, that does not mean residents and travelers should let their guard down.

While the threat for the ice to weigh down power lines will be low through Monday, untreated roads and sidewalks will turn slick for motorists and those traveling by foot.

Those in Dallas and Amarillo, Texas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., Little Rock, Ark., Tupelo, Miss., Huntsville, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn., should prepare for the possibility of such slippery conditions into Monday.

As moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is tapped into, more substantial snow and ice will develop and spread from northern Louisiana and Arkansas to the Carolinas Monday night through Tuesday.

Significant snow and ice is likely to continue through Wednesday across the Piedmont and mountains of the Carolinas and northern Georgia, potentially bringing travel to a halt.

"A number of communities over the interior South may have more significant, longer-lasting ice and snow when compared to the storm from late January," Southern Weather Expert Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

The communities at greatest risk for the above statement lie along the I-20 and I-85 corridors from northern Louisiana to the Carolinas. This includes Vicksburg, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., Augusta, Ga., Columbia and Greenville, S.C., and Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.

A repeat of the snow that brought Atlanta to a standstill is not expected. Instead, the main concern is for sleet and freezing rain. meteorologists will continue to give more precise details on the impending wintry weather in the upcoming days.

Confidence is high that the press of cold air giving way to the snow and ice across the interior South will not reach the immediate Gulf Coast, as was the case in late January.

Plain rain will instead spread along the I-10 corridor from Houston to New Orleans to Jacksonville Monday through Wednesday, while thunderstorms rattle the Florida Peninsula on Wednesday.

Beyond Wednesday, residents of the Northeast are strongly urged to keep a close eye on this storm as it could batter the region with heavy snow, ice and rain on Thursday--all of which would lead to serious disruptions to travel and daily routines.

There is the possibility the Northeast will be spared of such a menacing scenario if the storm tracks offshore and bypasses or just grazes the coast.