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LIVE: Southern Ice Storm Cancels Flights, Closes Roads

A snow and ice event is underway across the Deep South, threatening travel nightmares and widespread power outages.

Flight cancellations surpassed 1,500 on Tuesday morning, with more than half of the cancellations coming to or from Atlanta. Hundreds more were canceled into and out of Charlotte and Dallas.

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Travel conditions are also hazardous on roadways. Accidents were reported overnight in Mississippi and Alabama as roadways became slick, with all southbound traffic on I-55 blocked for hours near exit 265 in Mississippi.

The governors of Alabama and Georgia declared states of emergency Monday night in preparation of the storm.

The poor travel conditions for the South will intensify Tuesday night into Wednesday before the storm starts to push up to the Northeast.

"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," AccuWeather.com Southern Weather Expert Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.


All reports listed in EST

8:50 a.m. EST Tuesday: An NWS employee in Simpsonville, S.C., reported 1.7 inches of snow accumulation so far.

8:00 a.m. EST Tuesday: See the latest updates in the morning edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

6:40 a.m. EST Tuesday: The Mississippi Department of Transportation is warning residents of the winter weather conditions as freezing rain builds up on bridges and roadways:

6:25 a.m. EST Tuesday: More than 500 flights have been cancelled into or out of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to FlightStats.

6:10 a.m. EST Tuesday: Law enforcement in Eupora, Miss., report 0.1 of an inch of freezing rain buildup, especially on local bridges.