In January 2014, motorists jam the downtown connector exiting Atlanta during a major winter storm that dumped 1 to 3 inches of snow on Georgia. Another big snow storm is moving across the Southeast today. Eleven states are under winter storm warnings. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo
ATLANTA, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Another round of nasty winter storms is racing across the southern United States Wesdnesday and expected to dump more snow and ice on areas from northern Texas to southern Virginia.
The storm, the fourth in the past 10 days, is expected to snarl traffic in big cities including Dallas and Atlanta. States of emergency were declared in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama and schools, elementary through college, were ordered closed in advance of the snowfall.
While the Southern storm isn't expected to be as massive its Northern counterparts, officials said it could have devastating effects on the area. A total of 11 states, including Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and the Carolinas, are under winter storm warning.
"By issuing a state of emergency, I have directed all state agencies to take necessary actions to be prepared to respond to the anticipated winter conditions including sleet, ice and snow. We will actively monitor the storm as it begins to hit the state and are prepared to respond to any requests for assistance," Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said.
In Atlanta and the surrounding areas, 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Outlying areas could see up to 6 inches.
After the 2014 debacle that left thousands of motorists stranded on major highways after a snowstorm, Atlanta officials are preparing for the worst.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered state government offices in 50 counties closed.
At the same time, the northern part of the country continues to be frozen by a swath of frigid air from Canada. Areas that include Washington, D.C., Pittsburg, Newark, N.J. and Columbus, Ohio saw record-setting low temperatures in the negatives.