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Big Snowstorm Wallops South into Early Saturday

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State College, Pa. - Feb. 12,  2010  - AccuWeather.com reports a rare heavy snowstorm is continuing to blanketareas from the I-20 to I-10 corridor in the South after burying Dallas with a foot of snow Thursday. Millions in the South are being impacted by this storm.

Enough snow will fall in some areas to weigh down trees and cut power lines, as well as make for dangerous conditions on area streets, secondary roads and highways.

Conditions may worsen during the late afternoon and nighttime hours as road surface temperatures cool slightly, turning wet and slushy areas to ice. Many slide-offs and accidents have already occurred from the snow.

The storm has already closed schools and resulted in hundreds of flightcancellations and delays.

The snow will spread from Georgia to a large part of the Carolinas overnight into early Saturday. Interstates 16, 40, 95 and others will be affected.

Montgomery, Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington are among the list of the Southern cities on the receiving end of the heaviest snow, which has potential to reach half a foot.

Jackson, Birmingham, Atlanta and Charlotte will be on the northern fringe of this one. Most likely, the southern suburbs of these cities will be closer to the heavier snow.

A wintry mix will sweep to the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico on the tail end of the storm. New Orleans, Mobile and Tallahassee are among the cities that got heavy rain and poor-drainage-area flooding on the storm's front end, but could receive some wet snow and sleet on the storm's tail end.

Rain is forecast by AccuWeather.com meteorologists to depart Daytona International Speedway late tonight. Rain-free, but downright cold, conditions are expected for the balance of race activities this weekend.

Dallas has received almost as much snow as Toronto, Ontario for the season so far. The 14.4 inches to date in "Big D," now ranks as the third snowiest winter on record for the city. 

Following this snowstorm's tour in the South, close to three-quarters of the nation could have snow on the ground. 

The last thing most people want is another snowstorm in the near future.

While the region will have several days without significant snow, a new storm with accumulating snow will roll into the region spanning late Sunday night into early Tuesday. The AccuWeather.com Midwest Regional News story has more information.

Chances are, the snowstorms will not stop at early next week.

The excessive snow cover now blanketing the region could pose serious problems during the spring thaw. Since the volatile weather pattern is likely to continue into March, one or two big rainstorms combined with rapid snow melt could bring disastrous flooding.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski

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