High Winds, Winter Storm Expected Later This Week

High Winds, Winter Storm Expected Later This Week

High Winds, Winter Storm Expected Later This Week

Snow is coming down fast and furious across the Piedmont and it will continue through the evening. It will move across the Carolinas during overnight and morning hours Wednesday, ending in the Coastal Plain by late afternoon.

Meanwhile, winter storm warnings have been put into effect in parts of southeastern Texas, central North Carolina, north-central SC and southwestern West Virginia, Weather.com says. Light precipitation is expected, with snow totals up to two inches in the mountains and an inch or less in the Upstate.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Houston area Tuesday and was warning mariners of gale-force winds along the Texas coast.

MS authorities were advising people to limit travel only to emergencies.

That means preparing for the chill by leaving pipes dripping, protecting vulnerable plants from freezing, bundling up when going outside and checking road conditions carefully before driving. Temperatures are forecast to rise into the low 30's. "I think the difference in the temperature, the cold, and then the warm up, and then the cold again, that's what's doing it. Cause we're due to have some more cold weather I understand".

Thursday's forecast called for sunny skies, with a high near 42 and wind chill values as low as 10.

There was no word from the Public Schools of Robeson County or The University of North Carolina at Pembroke about classes for Thursday. Check robesonian.com for updates. "We will not be out of the house", Suratt said.

MassDOT said they were already pre-treating roads with brine and magnesium chloride.

The state is expected to see at least one to two inches of snow, covering almost all of North Carolina.

The 22News Storm Team's predicting most western MA cities and towns will be covered by several inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon.

There were nearly 1,000 flight cancellations at the two major Houston airports Tuesday because of severe weather, said Frank Ciaccio, emergency management coordinator for the Houston Airport System.

The state Highway Patrol already had responded to more than 500 collisions by Wednesday morning, patrol commander Col. Glenn McNeill said.

Many school districts throughout the region closed Wednesday for the second straight day as officials attempted to keep children home and safe from the hazardous travel conditions.

Duke Energy reported about 5,400 outages concentrated mostly in the Charlotte area, and in Durham and Orange counties.

"The snow is pretty but don't be fooled", Cooper said.