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January 16, 2018

Winter Storm Inga’s Snowy Swath to Sweep Through Northeast and South; Dangerous Ice in Central, Southeastern Texas

Winter Storm Inga is bringing snow and ice to the South on Tuesday and will also spread accumulating snow to the East Coast through Wednesday. A long band of light to locally moderate snow is ongoing from the interior Northeast southwestward into Kentucky, Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi, southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana and Texas.

Inga brought some impressive snowfall totals to western Kentucky, including 9 inches in Murray and 8.1 inches in Paducah. Up to a half foot of snow has also been measured in east-central Arkansas near Palestine. Snow-covered roads have been reported in the Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, metro areas. Portions of the Austin, Houston and San Antonio metros have seen numerous vehicle accidents due to light freezing rain and sleet accumulations this morning. Icy conditions have also been reported to the east of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, resulting in accidents near Canton.

Tuesday-Tuesday night

  • A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue to produce dangerous travel conditions from central and southeastern Texas into the lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley. Bridges and overpasses will be particularly vulnerable to snow or ice accumulations.
  • This snow/sleet/ice mix will also affect the Gulf Coast, including parts of southern and coastal Texas and southern Louisiana.
  • Cities that will face hazardous travel include San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi, Shreveport, Memphis and Nashville.
  • Some snowfall will also extend as far east as Georgia and central/southern Alabama by later in the day or evening.
  • Farther north, mainly light snow will blanket areas from the Appalachians to the Great Lakes to the Northeast.
  • Tuesday night, snow will intensify in parts of New England and parts of the Hudson Valley from near New York City northward. The immediate New York City metro may see rain mixed with snow at times.
  • Snow will also persist Tuesday night from New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania southward to Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Tennessee, western/central North Carolina, upstate South Carolina, parts of Georgia, southeast Alabama and perhaps the northwest Florida Panhandle.

How Much Snow and Ice?

  • South: 
    • Accumulations of sleet or freezing rain are likely to slicken numerous roads, not simply bridges and overpasses, of central Texas, including the Austin and San Antonio metro areas.
    • Some very light ice or sleet accumulations are also possible in parts of Deep South Texas, coastal Texas, central and southern Louisiana, possibly including parts of the Houston and New Orleans metro areas.
    • Light accumulating snow of 1 to 3 inches is expected from eastern Texas to Tennessee and Kentucky and in parts of North Carolina. Most other areas from central Mississippi into Alabama, Georgia and Upstate South Carolina will see less than an inch of snow, but could still have travel problems.

From weather.com

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