South Deals With Unfamiliar Cold, Snow 1/28/14
January 28, 2014
ATLANTA — Snow shovels are in short supply at a hardware store in the north Georgia town of Cumming. Customers are also buying insulation, faucet covers, portable heaters and other cold-weather gear.
Across much of the South, residents are bracing for a storm that threatens to bring snow, ice and subzero temperatures to a region accustomed to milder winters.
Much of Georgia is under a winter storm watch for today and tomorrow, with some areas expected to see as much as three inches of snow. But forecasters say ice could be the real threat.
Snow began falling before dawn today in the extreme northwest portion of Alabama. At a grocery store in Montgomery, shoppers had cleaned out three shelves of bottled water, and all of the boxed fire logs were gone.
It was a balmy 62 degrees yesterday in Charleston, South Carolina -- but the approaching weather led the College of Charleston to cancel classes today.
Nationwide, nearly 3,000 flights had been canceled by this morning, according to statistics from the flight tracking service FlightAware.
Meanwhile, in the Midwest, plummeting temperatures and strong winds are being felt for a second day, even as the storm moves south. Forecasters in Minnesota said wind chills could reach 50 below zero.