Forecasters predict a historic icy storm with several inches of ice in Georgia.
In a disastrous warning, the National Weather Service announced on a snowy “historic proportions” in Georgia and a “major winter storm” that would impact from Texas to the southeastern U.S. coast.
Which would cause widespread power outages that could leave several communities without electricity for days?
The storm is expected to start on Tuesday, lashing Georgia and North Carolina (southeast), to ascend gradually to the north, forecasters warned.
Also about 900 flights were canceled in three of the largest airports in the southern United States and President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Georgia, ordering federal agencies to help state and local response.
In North Texas, at least four people were killed in traffic accidents on icy roads, including a Dallas firefighter who fell from a ramp on Interstate 20.
Forecasters also have an eye on the Carolinas, as temperatures there largely determine the fate of Atlanta, told CNN meteorologist Jason Deese.
On Thursday, New England (northeast) should be covered under a covering of 30 cm, but the snow and sleet should also hit New York and Washington (east).
The storm that paralyzed Atlanta
Most public schools in Georgia suspended the activities and thousands of people attended the recommendation of the authorities to stay home and off the roads, leaving much of metropolitan Atlanta desolate during the hours are usually filled roads.
In Georgia, a state accustomed to less harsh winters, the governor declared a state of emergency and sent salt trucks to cover the roads in anticipation of the storm.
According to local reports, the supermarkets in Atlanta have been empty. People left the shelves of bread, milk, grains and virtually empty beer. Hundreds of flights canceled.
The information service Flight Aware said before dawn Tuesday 894 flights arriving and departing from airports in Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte, NC, had been canceled.
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s main terminal for Delta Air Lines, topped with 368 cancellations.
Delta allowed its customers waiting to travel between several southeastern cities that between Tuesday and Thursday to make changes to their itineraries for once. The measure applies to passengers traveling to Atlanta, North and South Carolina, Huntsville, Alabama and Norfolk, Virginia.
“It increases the certainty of an event of historic proportions,” said a news agency, adding that frost can be expected that paralyzed the region from Atlanta to the east along Interstate 20.
In northeast Georgia State forecasters expect snow accumulation up to 23 inches.
Local media in Atlanta indicated this morning that had not yet begun the precipitation of freezing rain and snow but there was rainfall since midnight as temperatures were dropping.
An unusual snowfall in Georgia paralyzed the city of Atlanta that left thousands of people trapped in their vehicles on streets and highways, and forced thousands to spend the night in stores, schools and libraries.
Gov. Nathan Deal, criticized the lack of preparation for the storm in late January, yesterday declared a state of emergency in 45 Georgia counties.
Forecasters predict snow accumulation of about 10 inches in parts of Mississippi, Kentucky while in several school districts suspended their activities and South Carolina, which has not had a big storm with snow and ice in over a decade, could them today and tomorrow.
Dozens of schools and the University of Mississippi suspended their activities or announced its opening at noon due to ice in the north of the state.