More cold, snow, ice in South, but relief may be in sight

(AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Raul R. Rubiera)

States of emergencies have already been declared and schools have already been closed ahead of wintry weather mix that is expected to continue to batter much of the South on Wednesday.

Heavy rain, snow, and temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below zero were forecast for several states. The wintry mix of precipitation was expected from northern Texas eastward across the Gulf states and into the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.

By early Thursday, forecasters said, relief is expected.

The latest storm comes after several others have hit much of the South, Mid-Atlantic Midwest and East Coast. Here’s a look at how winter weather has affected some areas:

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FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS

About 90 flights have been canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport amid sleet and light snow from the second winter storm system this week.

DFW airport maintenance crews on Wednesday treated runways, taxiways and all roadways in anticipation of several inches of snow.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory until midday for North Texas, predicting up to 5 inches of snow. Ice storms earlier this week canceled school, left highways slick and led to more than 1,000 flights canceled at DFW airport.

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MILESTONE FOR BOSTON

With 1.9 inches of snow overnight, Boston has now received more than 100 inches of snow this winter.

The National Weather Service reported Wednesday that the snowfall as recorded at Logan International Airport is now 101.8 inches for the season.

That makes this winter the second snowiest on record, behind only the 107.6 inches recorded in the winter of 1995-96.

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‘BE GREAT NEIGHBORS’

With the new weather system coming in, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam urged people to check on their neighbors as the death toll from last week’s ice storm climbed.

Haslam and state emergency officials flew over parts of the state Tuesday to survey the damage. At least 30 people have died across the state as a result of the ice storm and frigid temperatures. At least 10 are believed to have died as a result of hypothermia.

“The best thing we can do is ask people to be great neighbors,” Haslam said.

Many people, especially the elderly, either don’t have the resources to leave their homes or simply don’t want to go somewhere else, he said. The Tennessee National Guard and other agencies have been doing welfare checks.

Some of the victims have died in their homes after being without heat. A number of people have been discovered dead outside their home, including two elderly people who are believed to have fallen and to have suffered from extreme exposure because they couldn’t get up.

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SALT SHORTAGE

As snow and frigid temperatures continue in Ohio, communities in parts of the state are running short on road salt, city officials said.

Some cities have waited weeks for hundreds of tons of ordered salt, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported (http://bit.ly/1DQsL6q).

The region has recorded nearly 60 inches of snow since November. Lower-than average temperatures have made snow harder to melt and roads more difficult to clear.

For some cities, a serious salt problem is just one more snowfall away.

“We have enough to last this next week, but if it keeps consistently snowing it’s going to be difficult,” Middleburg Heights Service Director Jim Herron said.

 

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