Published: Mon, January 09, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Winter storm warnings issued as wintry mix threatens South


Due to above-freezing air temperatures, Panovich expects the precipitation to start as rain. Reuters is reporting that police from Oklahoma and Arkansas began reporting scores of accidents on Friday as the storm moved in and by Friday evening, the governors of most Southern states had issued emergency declarations ahead of the storm. "We were way on the low end of snow the last few winters, so comparing to that, this is significantly above that".

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for southeast coastal Rhode Island and south coastal MA. Temperatures are expected to drop into the low teens Sunday morning and into single digits Monday morning.

"I am encouraging all Alabama residents to be prepared for the potential of significant winter weather and I have directed my essential state agencies to do the same", Bentley said.

The West has had the heaviest snow amounts, while a swath from the central Plains to the Ohio Valley has seen mainly light snow, so far.

Central Oregon has had a very snowy winter, so far.

The advisory is for 1 to 3 inches of snow that will spread over the area this afternoon into the overnight.

The storm is not expected to exit the region until at least Tuesday afternoon and the weather service said it could linger for much longer.

The forecast called for up to 6 inches of snow for parts of Georgia, South Carolina and the piedmont and foothills of North Carolina.

The winter weather advisory goes into effect at Noon Friday and continues until midnight Saturday for Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Lauderdale and Limestone Counties.

"Several inches of snowfall will be likely Saturday...", the Weather Service reported.

The MBTA "performed very well" in the midst of the storm Saturday, spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

Several inches of snow could fall on OR and most of that state is under winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories, ice storm warnings and flood watches.

In Cornelius, north of Charlotte, Matt Thomas said he used a ruler to measure almost 6 inches of snow and sleet that had piled up on the back of his pickup truck. The second much more powerful storm hit Wednesday. Possible accumulations could be from three to five more inches, according to the NWS.

Benton County's alert has been upgraded to a winter storm watch, and North-Central Washington is under a hazardous weather outlook.

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