Schools close, shelters aid homeless across Texas

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Schools close, shelters aid homeless across Texas

The National Weather Service says Wednesday morning's low of 10 degrees (-12 Celsius) in Jackson was the lowest in Mississippi's capital city since 1996. "We're looking at a high tomorrow of about 28".

Meteorologists said motorists should be prepared at times to experience significant reduction in visibility. "It's more snow than we thought we were going to get".

A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue to produce unsafe travel conditions from central and southeastern Texas into the lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley. A lot of them involved several single-vehicle mishaps, mostly spinouts and vehicles sliding off roadways, said Rodriquez.

"We've got numerous crashes on the interstates and surface roads", Louisiana State Trooper Glenn Younger said Tuesday morning from Bossier City, Louisiana, just across the Red River from Shreveport. That included the Florida Panhandle, where snow or ice has fallen on three separate occasions this winter.

Snow-covered roads were reported in the Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, metro areas Tuesday, where 1 to 3 inches had fallen. If this continues into tonight.may end up being good news for areas such as Abilene, San Angelo, and Brownwood. Light precipitation is expected, with snow totals up to two inches in the mountains and an inch or less in the Upstate.

Greenville County Schools is keeping an eye on the forecast. Wednesday's actual temperatures are not expected to be above freezing and wind chill readings could be as low as 5 degrees. It will be breezy with winds from the north at 10 to 20 miles per hour. Lesser amounts were expected in the northwestern and northeastern parts of the state.

Tuesday night, snow will intensify in parts of New England and parts of the Hudson Valley from near New York City northward.

The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

Steep on and off-ramps as well as elevated roadways are concerns to public safety in icy conditions, it said in a news release Wednesday night.

Police noted at least one injury Wednesday, when an Athens man and a police officer were struck by a vehicle at about noon on College Station Road near Riverbend Parkway.

The cold front began in Texas, and cut across Louisiana and Arkansas, with the tip ending in Mississippi.

Icy winter weather led to a few amusing plays on words such as "Arctageddon" and "Snowmageddon".

For forecast information, visit the National Weather Service website.

Drivers in the city were dealing with hard conditions. Travel conditions may worsen a bit tonight between this and any water left on the road refreezing.

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