WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) — Large chunks of the United States were under weather alerts Monday with freezing rain, sleet and snow battering weather-weary states.
The National Weather Service issued storm warnings and weather advisories for Tuesday in sections of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, especially mountainous regions, CNN reported.
Other warnings and watches were posted in Tennessee, Kentucky, and parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic states, weather officials said. Up to 3 inches of snow was expected by Monday in those areas.
Hundreds of flights in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta were canceled as the system moved in, CNN said.
A snow emergency was in effect in Washington, where Mayor Adrian Fenty said 4 more inches of snow could fall. The area had already received a season-record snowfall of 55.9 inches, preliminary NWS estimates indicate.
Officials in Kansas City reported more than 100 damaged vehicles littered highways around the city during a 2-hour period Sunday, the Kansas City Star reported. More than 50 injuries were reported, none of them critical.
CNN said one accident involved as many as 30 vehicles.
“You could be driving along and think everything is fine and then — boom — you hit a burst of snow,” said meteorologist Pat Cooper of the NWS office in Pleasant Hill, Mo. “Visibility’s almost zero, you brake, and then you get cars piling into each other.”
Officials from Fairfax and Arlington counties in Virginia issued appeals to help clear sidewalks so children could return to school Tuesday after the Presidents Day holiday, The Washington Post reported.
Howard County, Va., school officials said facilities there would be closed Tuesday.
“Some streets are still covered with ice, and others are too narrow,” schools Superintendent Sydney Cousin said. “The high piles of snow create real visibility issues.”
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