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Rare winter storm brings ice and snow to US South

Published on Jan 29, 2014 6:18 AM
 
A Ferris wheel on Navy Pier rises above ice along the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, on Jan 28, 2014. A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the United States South on Tuesday, prompting residents accustomed to more moderate weather to scramble for supplies and face dangerously slick roads. -- PHOTO: AFP

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (REUTERS) - A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the United States (US) South on Tuesday, prompting residents accustomed to more moderate weather to scramble for supplies and face dangerously slick roads.

The southern cold snap is part of an arctic front that has put much of the North-east and Northern Plains under warnings and advisories for dangerous wind chills. Temperatures in parts of those regions could feel as cold as minus 34 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

Schools and government offices across a wide swath of the country were closed. Airlines cancelled or delayed thousands of flights, and officials closed roads as conditions worsened.

North Carolina and South Carolina were expected to get the most snow, while the heaviest ice accumulation was forecast from Louisiana to the Carolinas, the weather service said.

 
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