Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Storm brings heavy snow to southern West Virginia

WV511Road crews were out in southeastern West Virginia on Sunday Dec. 9 2018 WV511Road crews were out in southeastern West Virginia on Sunday Dec. 9 2018
Lloyd Bates | 11 December, 2018, 01:16

More than 1,000 Sunday flights into and out of North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport have been canceled, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Power outages also are affecting 81,000 in Virginia, 58,000 in SC and about 10,000 in Tennessee.

Duke Energy reported 141,216 power outages in North and SC: 91,309 in North Carolina and 49,907 in SC.

Thousands of people are without power, states of emergency have been declared, and thousands of flights have been cancelled. The city of Richmond and surrounding areas received about 9 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia. North Carolina is expected to be the worst hit.

Further north, it was ice and snow. "Don't be fooled, this storm is treacherous".

Parts of Lubbock were buried under 10 inches of snow - 2 inches more than the city usually gets in a whole year.

Most areas will be dry by daybreak Monday.

Interstate 81 in southwest Virginia became particularly unsafe as the snow fell so quickly that snow removal crews couldn't keep up, leading to several tractor-trailer accidents. Cooper said one tractor trailer ran off a road and into a river.

Meanwhile, police in Virginia say there have been significant delays on interstates as vehicles stuck in snow have impeded travel.

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In South Carolina, emergency officials said more than 56,000 power customers are without electricity Monday.

Temperatures Monday in the Charlotte area are expected to rise to 36 degrees, helping to clear major roads. The Maryland State police reported 47 crashes, 20 disabled vehicles and 306 service calls between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

"We're preparing for days of impact, not hours", Cooper said. If you can't stay home, stay alert. Traffic crews treated roads ahead of the storm.

More than 12 inches of snow will fall Sunday in the southern and central Appalachians, the National Weather Service said.

The massive storm was also blamed for the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The National Weather Service warned on Monday that travel conditions remained hazardous for numerous affected areas and that additional power disruptions were possible.

The Greenville-Spartanburg area of SC is covered with ice, rendering road conditions especially unsafe.

Officials in several states urged residents to stay off the roads and instead enjoy holiday festivities with their loved ones.

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