A winter storm causes snowfall in parts of southern U.S, moving towards Alabama and Tennessee Monday after crossing Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi one day before. The white layer that falls throughout the region has forced the closure of some schools and government offices, and promoted free time among adults and children confined by the pandemic of coronavirus.
Up to 15 centimeters (6 inches) of snow fell in some parts of southern Texas, the National Metereological Service in Houston Sunday night. The snow caused slippery roads and blackouts, but some families took advantage to enjoy the weather in areas such as Austin and College Station.
The system moved to Louisiana and Mississippi overnight, so the State Police of Louisiana warned people in an online video to avoid highways if possible.
By Monday morning, a light white coating covered pasty, raised areas across northern Alabama and southern Tennessee. About two dozen public school systems delayed or closed in Alabama, and Transportation authorities reported accidents in areas that received winter rainfall overnight.
Meteorologists forecast snowfall in northwest Georgia.
Up to 10 centimeters (4 inches) of snow is expected to fall in areas between Center, Texas, and Natchitoches, Louisiana, reported KSLA-TV. State government offices in 29 districts will be closed on Monday – including those of Caddo Parish, where it is located Shreveport– in accordance with The Advocate.
More than 100,000 customers in Texas and 50,000 customers in Louisiana were without power as of early Monday, according to poweroutage.us, a website that tracks power service.
Several school districts virtually suspended, delayed, or scheduled classes in Mississippi and southern Arkansas, the news media reported.
The National Weather Service in Jackson said 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow is expected to fall in areas like Vicksburg and Yazoo City, and even more in some locations.
Snow did not fall in communities further south in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, but it did rain or sleet.
With AP information.