Winter Storm Lashing Millions; Tens of Thousands Without Power
Tens of thousands of people from Arkansas to North Carolina are in the dark and a foot-and-a-half of snow has fallen as a major winter storm continues to push across the East Coast.
As of early Tuesday morning, 100,000 were without power in hardest-hit north Georgia, with outages just outside of Atlanta. Tennessee declared a State of Emergency with over 50,000 outages, and Arkansas, South Carolina and North Carolina were also each reporting thousands of outages, with South Carolina nearing 40,000 as of 2AM EST.
States of Emergency have also been declared in Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.
Up to an inch of ice fell in parts of Tennessee, snapping power lines and trees and forcing the closure of schools in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis on Tuesday. Schools are also closed in Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
Further north in Kentucky and Missouri, snow was a major issue with up to 18″ falling in Coleman, Kentucky, and several reports of over a foot of snow in the Bluegrass State.
As of 2 AM ET, 3-5″ of snow had fallen in Washington, D.C. and the Beltway region, with more likely to make Tuesday morning’s commute a major headache in the nation’s capital. As a result of the inclement weather, federal offices and public schools in Washington are closed on Tuesday. At least 2,500 flights were cancelled on Monday due to the snow, and already more than 1,000 have been cancelled for Tuesday.
The good news is by noon Tuesday the wintry impacts should be confined to far eastern portions of New England (including Boston) and the Delmarva Peninsula.
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Meteorologist Chris Bianchi