Southerners Warned of Icy Mess in Days Ahead

By Associated Press | 

ATLANTA (AP) -- A blast of freezing precipitation expected to arrive Tuesday could scatter snow and ice across the Deep South, prompting officials from New Orleans to Virginia to ready road crews and close some schools.

Popular warm-weather tourist destinations including Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Pensacola, Fla.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and New Orleans are expecting ice and even snow -- rare occurrences in places that seldom see prolonged sub-freezing temperatures.

Delta Air Lines officials say more than 1,800 flights have been canceled ahead of a winter storm expected to pelt areas of the Southeast with sleet and snow.

Forecasters were predicting snow and ice from Texas to Virginia by mid-week as precipitation moving in from the South met with cold air already chilling the region.

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