Texas snow only the beginning as storm threatens east

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Almost a foot of snow fell on the Texas Panhandle on Thursday, with more on the way — part of a storm system that will soak the Southeast before curling north and dumping rain and snow on the big cities of the Northeast.

Winter storm alerts were still posted Thursday morning across most of New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. Amarillo, Texas, recorded 11 inches of snow on Wednesday, more than doubling its record for the date.

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The storm will bring rain to Louisiana and Mississippi later Thursday, and almost the entire South on Friday, forecasters for The Weather Channel said. As the system jogs north, Philadelphia and New York could see 3 to 5 inches of snow on Friday and Saturday, and parts of New England could see as much as 8 inches.