Several Eastern states have issued travel advisories during winter storm Inga, with North Carolina issuing a state of emergency and transportation waiver as the storm creates icy and unsafe travel conditions.
As North Carolina is hit with the second big winter storm in less than a month, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay off the roads when travel is dangerous. The state of emergency enables emergency management to assist with storm response and recovery and the declaration prevents, by state law, charging excessive prices during an emergency. Gov. Cooper also issued an executive order waiving truck weight, size and hours of service restrictions for the movement of supplies and equipment during the emergency.
South Carolina also has a winter weather advisory in effect.
The state of Virginia has issued a severe weather alert with a winter advisory in effect until 6 p.m. EST. The advisory cautions those traveling on slippery roads and notes the accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow in portions of central and south central Virginia. Due to the storm, there may be reduced visibility so it is advised to stay off the roads and to use caution while driving.
MORE WINTER WEATHER TO BE AWARE OF
The National Weather Service also reported heavy snow in parts of Maine and as far south as Panama City and Destin, Florida, with some icy travel as far west as Louisiana and Texas due to some subfreezing temperatures. Roads for all travel, including commercial trucking and oversize load travel, should only be done so with extreme caution as many roads are very icy.
Atlanta, GA has reported over 2 inches of snow, and is also reporting treacherous roads.
Other parts of the Northeast, including some areas in New York City metro area, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire, have reported several inches of snow, with Ashland, Pennsylvania with just over 8 inches.
Weather.com has reported the following snowfall totals as of Wednesday morning:
- Alabama: 3.2 inches near Auburn
- Arkansas: 8.5 inches near Omaha
- Georgia: 3.3 inches near Newnan
- Kentucky: 8.5 inches near Guthrie
- Louisiana: 3 inches near West Monroe, Bossier City, Haughton and Rayville
- Mississippi: 3.0 inches in Tylertown
- North Carolina: 6.0 inches in Union Mills
- South Carolina: 3.5 inches in Inman
- Tennessee: 7.0 inches near Dover and Paris
- Texas: 3.4 inches in Hughes Springs
WHEN WILL THE SNOW SUBSIDE?
The National Weather Service reports snowfall through the end of the day Wednesday, although refreezing roads will be likely Wednesday night into Thursday morning. In some snow-covered areas such as Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas, temperatures may not rise above freezing until Thursday, making travel conditions unsafe into Thursday afternoon.
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