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Ice Storm Begins to Unfold in South

With a major winter storm unfolding over the South, snow and ice is likely to severely impact travelers and residents from Texas to the Carolinas through midweek.

Snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain began across the region on Monday night and is forecast to continue through much of Tuesday. The main area of wintry precipitation will focus on an area stretching from central South Carolina, across northern Alabama and into central Texas.

Road conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout Tuesday as flight delays and cancellations mount, but the worst of the storm looks to hold off until Wednesday.

Folks hitting the roads should allow for extra travel time in anticipation for delays as the snow, sleet and freezing rain can cause slick spots on roadways; especially on bridges and overpasses.

Just a few of the many cities that will feel the impacts of this storm on Tuesday include Dallas, Shreveport, La.; Tupelo, Miss.; Birmingham and Huntsville, Ala.; Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C.

On Monday afternoon, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced a State of Emergency for 45 counties in the state ahead of the winter storm.

The worst of the storm appears as though it will hold off until Wednesday when the potential for a significant ice buildup will be seen along the I-85 corridor.

According to Senior Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, "There is the potential for a major ice storm from northern Georgia to central and upstate South Carolina to central North Carolina Tuesday night and Wednesday."

Heavy ice accumulations on trees and power lines can lead to widespread power outages and bring 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.

It may take several days for power to be completely restored across this area with heavy icing possible over such a large area.

Although locations to the south of this will escape the danger the ice brings, heavy rain associated with the storm can lead to localized flooding, especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

Parts of central Florida may even have a few strong-to-severe thunderstorms.

This storm will continue to track up the East Coast heading into Thursday, delivering over a foot of snow to portions of the Northeast.