Cities Across The South Dealing With Ice, Snow Again
A major winter storm that tore through the South is now threatening to bring North Carolina to a halt as a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
The storm has snarled traffic and raised the possibility of numerous power outages statewide.
Traffic cameras show cars on some roads in Charlotte barely moving as snow falls on the state's largest city for the second straight day. Reports indicate a similar situation has arisen in Raleigh, where a winter storm in January 2005 resulted in a massive city-wide gridlock that left motorists stuck for hours and children stranded at schools.
The state's utility providers are gearing up for the possibility of outages due to the ice expected to collect on power lines and tree limbs. So far, no significant outages have been reported.
Georgia utility companies say more than 200,000 customers are without power as an ice storm coats trees and brings down branches and power lines.
Forecasters in several states have been using unusually dire language in warnings about this storm -- and they say the worst may still be ahead. The ice could knock out power for days.
The Atlanta area has been feeling the sting of sleet punctuated by strong gusts of wind. A layer of ice is crusting car windshields. And slushy sidewalks are making even short walking trips dangerous.
Nobody in Atlanta is taking any chances, two weeks after a storm stranded thousands of people on the highways. On Wednesday, city roads and interstates in the Atlanta area have been empty, as most people heed warnings to stay home.