Posted: Jan 9, 2011 11:25 AM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jan 9, 2011 11:26 AM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A blast of winter weather gripped parts of
the South on Sunday, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain that
coated bridges and roads and causing hundreds of flight
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in
preparation for severe conditions. He said the weather is likely to
cause power outages and busted water pipes.
Mississippi officials warned motorists early Sunday that ice was
already accumulating on roads and bridges in many counties,
creating hazardous driving conditions.
Joanne Culin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service
in Jackson, Miss., expected the worst weather in Mississippi and
Louisiana on Sunday and early Monday along the Interstate 20
Northern parts of Mississippi could get 4 to 9 inches of snow,
Culin said. The more dangerous conditions, however, are expected
along I-20, because the precipitation is likely to be freezing rain
and sleet, which make for dangerous driving conditions.
Culin said the weather system could push into Alabama late
Sunday and early Monday. Georgia could start getting rain and snow
by Sunday night.
Hundreds of flights were being canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson
Atlanta International Airport ahead of the icy weather.
Delta Airlines spokesman Anthony Black says about 325 flights
have been canceled starting about 8 p.m. Sunday. AirTran Airways
spokesman Christopher White says the company has canceled 14
flights for Sunday and another 270 for Monday.
Both airlines are allowing passengers whose flights are canceled
to change them without fees.
Georgia is expected to be hit with up to 6 inches of snow as the
powerful storm moves into the state Sunday night. Forecasters say
the storm could also bring sleet and freezing rain lasting into
In Alabama, Auburn University students will have to find
somewhere other than campus to watch the Tigers play in the
championship bowl game Monday. The university has canceled all
viewing parties and other events planned as the state prepares for
severe winter weather.