At least 20 million Americans were in the path of a deadly winter storm Wednesday that was expected to dump snow from northern Texas to southern Virginia and threatened to snarl commutes in cities including Dallas and Atlanta.
School closures were ordered and states of emergency were declared in Georgia and Alabama — the latest impact of an Arctic chill that has set records across much of the nation.
Between three and five inches of snow was likely across the southern Plains and the South, forecasters said. Some areas — including northern North Carolina and northern Georgia — were bracing for up to eight inches.
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"It's going to be enough to accumulate on roads," Weather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth said.
The snow was due to hit northern Texas early Wednesday, creating a messy morning commute in Dallas before moving towards Tupelo, Birmingham, Hunstville and the Atlanta metropolitan area in time for the evening rush hour.