Storm Inga: Snow Causes Travel Chaos as Areas Declare State of Emergency

South sees snow ice and record-breaking cold

When it comes to snowstorms, the National Weather Service is responsible for issuing all watches, warnings and advisories.

A winter storm warning is issued when there is a significant amount of ice predicted that is expected to make travel hard or even risky.

Inga has already been pounding numerous southern states, which were hit with snow and icy conditions on Tuesday, including Kentucky, Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern MS, southern Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

The governors of Georgia, North Carolina and Louisiana declared states of emergency because of severe conditions that made roads treacherous. Also make sure to bring the pets indoors!

At the University of Texas in Tyler, southeast of Dallas, classes were canceled. In North Carolina, where more than 2,000 snow-plow personnel worked to clear roads, the state Highway Patrol reported almost 1,600 traffic accidents during the first 12 hours of Wednesday.

"The rain in central North Carolina will eventually turn into snow later today and is predicted to dump 6 to 8 inches of snow over central North Carolina and about 1 to 3 inches over east North Carolina", he said.

Expect a typical Outer Banks scenario: rain, then ice, then snow. "I have directed essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days".

When a winter storm like the one we just had is imminent or occurring, a Winter Storm Warning may be issued.

There are winter storm warnings in effect for parts of the Carolinas, Southern Virginia, as well as a stop from the Poconos in Pennsylvania through New England.

A winter weather advisory is up in Currituck County, where so far, not as much snow is expected.

Across the western USA, a return to a rain is expected to see out the rest of the week along the coast starting Thursday, with inland parts still seeing some snow.

Snowfall along coastal locations is expected to end by Thursday morning.

Much of the nation is expected to see high temperatures forecast to be as much as 10 to 25 degrees above average, extending from the central/northern Plains into the western USA, the National Weather Service said.

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