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Heavy snow blankets the Carolinas


Mike Siedel, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel in the U.S., has been following the storm
Mike Siedel, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel in the U.S., has been following the storm

Staff writers

February 19, 2012 — A winter storm has hammered parts of the southern U.S., creating dangerous driving conditions.

The system that brought severe thunderstorms to New Orleans is bringing a heavy dose of snow to the southern U.S.

The National Weather Service has predicted between 5 and 15 cm could fall in lower lying areas, and up to 20 cm is expected in the Appalachians.

Mike Siedel, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel in the U.S., has been following the storm from Virginia, where multiple accidents have been reported along iced-over roadways.

"Earlier this morning, we had a really strong burst of snow of about [2.5 cm] an hour," he says. "It slushed up the roadways and people had to slow down."

Several vehicles, including tractor trailers and a Greyhound bus, were involved in a pileup near the Kentucky border. One serious injury has been reported.

"The rain started falling around ... 9:30 this morning," Siedel says. "In fact, this is the most snow [the region] has seen over the entire winter."

The system is expected to push through the region early Monday morning.

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