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Threat of more snow and ice in US south-east puts officials on alert

Published on Feb 10, 2014 11:13 PM

ATLANTA (REUTERS) - The US South-east braced on Monday for a blast of freezing rain, snow and ice, and government officials took early steps to ensure they were not caught flat-footed in another winter storm.

A cold air mass behind an arctic front is likely to bring a wintry mix for a broad swath of the country stretching from Texas to North Carolina early in the week, the National Weather Service said.

In Georgia, where sleet and snow may begin falling as early as Monday night, Governor Nathan Deal put emergency response agencies on alert and asked residents to make plans to be off the roads by early evening.

"At the moment, local meteorologists are advising us to expect a 'major storm' that could bring significant levels of snow and ice," Mr Deal said. "We have passed along this latest weather information to school superintendents and local emergency management agencies."

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