Winter storm hits southern US states

A winter storm causes snowfall in parts of the southern United States, moving toward Alabama and Tennessee on Monday after crossing Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi a day earlier. The white layer that falls throughout the region has forced the closure of some schools and government offices, and encouraged free time among adults and children held by the coronavirus pandemic.

Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow fell in parts of southern Texas, the National Weather Service reported in Houston Sunday night. The snow caused slippery roads and blackouts, but some families took advantage to enjoy the weather in areas like Austin and College Station.

The system moved to Louisiana and Mississippi overnight, so the Louisiana State Police warned the public 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.

Forecasters are forecasting snowfall in northwestern Georgia.

Up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow is expected to fall in areas between Center, Texas, and Natchitoches, Louisiana, KSLA-TV reported. State government offices in 29 districts will be closed Monday “including those in Caddo Parish, where Shreveport is located,” according to 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 suspended, delayed or virtually scheduled classes in Mississippi and southern Arkansas, news outlets 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.

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