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Second Snow & Ice Storm to Blanket Gulf Coast

For the second time in a week the Gulf of Mexico is facing a powerful winter storm.
For the second time in a week the Gulf of Mexico is facing a powerful winter storm.

It isn't often that folks along the Gulf Coast can expect to receive snow and ice but it is forecast to happen for the second time in a matter of a week.

WINTER STORM WATCHES blanket areas from west of Houston through Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana to north of New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama through Georgia into the Carolinas.

The WINTER STORM WATCHES have been issued due to the threat of potentially a quarter inch of clear ice from freezing rain and 1-3 inches of snow and sleet across Texas and Louisiana.  Into Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia the amount of snow and sleet could accumulate 3-6 inches.  And according to Meteorologist Al Roker of NBC's Today Show parts of eastern South and North Carolina could see one foot of snow by the end of Tuesday.

The storm system will begin tonight in Southeast Texas and make its' way east through the deep south and wrap up Tuesday in the Carolinas.

Folks with travel plans to that region of the nation are advised to delay their travel plans since the region is not equiped to clear the streets of snow and ice.  In addition air travel is forecast to be impacted for airports in the area including Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Houston Hobby, New Orleans, Atlanta Jackson Hartfield and Charlotte.

For more information on the upcoming winter storm use the following links for regional National Weather Service Offices:

Houston

Lake Charles

New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Mobile/Pensacola

Tallahassee

Charleston, SC

Wilmington, NC

Newport/Morehead City, NC

National Headquarters of the National Weather Service

KFDX Meteorologist Bryan Rupp
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