Winter storm slams South with heavy snow, power outages

Winter storm slams South with heavy snow, power outages

Winter storm slams South with heavy snow, power outages

A major storm in the southern USA dumped significant amounts of rain in Texas on Friday night into early Saturday morning.

About 1 to 2 inches of snow could fall in the higher elevations of North Georgia, with up to 5 inches on the highest ridges Sunday night into Monday. Bunker Hill Village in Harris County received 7.88 inches of rain over past 24 hours, while Lake Jackson saw 7.72 inches and College Station received 3.98 inches.

The storm tore through Texas, dumping snow and unseasonal heavy rain, CBS News' Janet Shamlian reports.

As a result, the risk of flooding is extremely significant.

The winter storm sweeping across the southern United States revealed its power Saturday by dropping 10 inches of snow on Lubbock, Texas - 2 inches more than the city usually gets in a whole year.

The latest estimates show less snow and ice than what the NWS office in Greer, S.C., called for in Charlotte on Friday, when they predicted 9 inches of snow and 0.13 inches of ice. "There's another phenomenon called a "warm nose" that would allow warmer air to mix in above the "'wedge", bringing a more wintry mix Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning before snow moves in northwest of I-85.

Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states and poised to hit particular hard in portions of North Carolina and Virginia.

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Over 140,000 customers in North Carolina are without power as of 9 a.m. ET Sunday as snow and freezing precipitation continue to fall, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.

Further south, torrential rain will dominate, setting the stage for flooding in Georgia. Snowfall could total 12 to 20 inches over the Appalachians and into the Carolinas by Monday - when the storm is expected to move off the coast, the agency said.

Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect in the Southeast as well.

The system will be offshore by noon on Monday, but it still will be producing rain and snow from Virginia to Tennessee and Alabama.

A winter storm warning is in place for Southern Virginia including Halifax County as a developing winter storm aims to dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas.

San Antonio and Houston could see flash flooding, as rainfall total could reach 3 to 6 inches, with as much as 10 inches in isolated spots. Localized amounts of greater than 1 foot are highly likely for the mountainous western areas of these states.

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