Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – A major winter storm brought freezing rain and snow to Georgia and the Carolinas Wednesday leaving more than 225,000 Georgians without power, cancelling 2,200 flights in Atlanta and covering the city’s roads with ice.
As of 2:30 p.m., 133,000 Georgia Power customers were without power as ice-laden trees and power lines crashed down. There were also power outages in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and the Carolinas. Eight inches of snow is predicted for Charlotte, N.C.
Freezing rain is also falling throughout South Carolina, Derrec Becker, a spokesman for the state’s Emergency Management Division, said.
Metro Atlanta’s interstates, secondary roads and streets were iced over by 6:30 a.m. prompting Mark McKinnon, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, to warn the public to stay off the roads.The ice could last into Thursday afternoon, when temperatures will start to rise.
Bulk of cancelled flights at the Atlanta International Airport was from Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines. The MARTA cancelled bus service but maintained train runs Wednesday. Amtrak suspended some services in the Southeast, including in Atlanta.
Forecasters predicted at least a half-inch of ice in the greater Atlanta metropolitan region and up to an inch of ice from around Eatonton to Augusta. Up to 10 inches of snow is seen in the northeast Georgia mountains and 3 to 6 inches closer to Atlanta on Wednesday.
More than an inch of ice in South Carolina by Thursday night is forecast.
A half of a foot to a foot of snow may fall Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, according to a forecast of AccuWeather. Snow will precede heavy ice around Raleigh and Fayetteville, N.C.