Schools close, shelters aid homeless as cold snap hits Texas


"We've got numerous crashes on the interstates and surface roads", Louisiana State Trooper Glenn Younger said Tuesday morning from Bossier City, Louisiana, just across the Red River from Shreveport. Wind chills are well below zero. Roads across the metro and up & down the Front Range will turn slick.

Snow forecast through Wednesday evening.

Snow has moved into SC and Gov. Henry McMaster has postponed his first State of the State address.

Snow and icy conditions made roads in parts of the South and along the East Coast treacherous after a winter storm dumped snow Wednesday from the Florida Panhandle to Maine.

In Alabama, where some places got at least 3 inches (7 centimeters) of snow, dairy farmer Will Gilmer bundled up for the drive to his milking barn before daybreak in rural Lamar County, the thermometer reading 7 degrees (minus 14 Celsius).

McMaster's first State of the State address, scheduled for Wednesday evening, was rescheduled for January 24. In some states such as North Carolina, the declaration also triggers a price-gouging law.

Many schools and government offices were closed or delayed in western and central SC.

Inga was Deep South Texas' third wintry event of the season, bringing sleet as far south as Brownsville, resulting in icy roads there. And along the Gulf Coast, ice pellets covered the tops of sago palm trees, and stretches of I-10 were closed in Louisiana and across Alabama's Mobile Bay.

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Friday will continue cold with sunny spells and showers, wintry showers becoming confined to northern areas by afternoon. Saturday is likely to start off mainly dry cold with frost with frost and ice or a time.

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Traffic along the coast was being diverted to USA 90, but that highway also was covered with ice in spots.

But in an area where severe winter weather is quite the exception, even small amounts of snow and ice can gridlock communities and lead to risky vehicle crashes.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for northeast Montana for tonight into Friday morning for areas of freezing rain and ice.

Up to an inch of snow is possible for Chambers and Lee Counties. State Highway 225 in Deer Park, east of Houston, was closed Tuesday afternoon, and de-icing of State Highway 146 at the Fred Hartman Bridge led to delays in that area during the evening commute.

A swath of central North Carolina picked up more than 6 inches of snow, with some areas between Raleigh and Greensboro getting 10 inches.

Officials have blamed the storm for seven deaths, but three people also died in cold weather after snow and ice blanketed the South.

Glenn McNeill said at a weather briefing Wednesday that the patrol had responded to about 1,600 automobile collisions and 2,200 calls for service.