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Tuesday brought nasty cold temperatures to states from Texas to Maine where millions of people were having to deal wi...

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 10:10 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2018 10:10 AM

Tuesday brought nasty cold temperatures to states from Texas to Maine where millions of people were having to deal with freezing rain, sleet, snow -- or a mix -- too.

By Tuesday night there was a long line of precipitation that brought 2 inches of snow to some areas of Mississippi, 6 inches in Kentucky and 4 inches in Vermont.

One person dies on streets of south Houston, official says

Kentucky has 6 inches of snow, the National Weather Service says

"Accumulating snowfall will bring travel implications from the southeast US to the Middle Atlantic, Northeast, and New England through Wednesday," the National Weather Service said.

In Houston the cold accompanying the storm was deadly. One homeless person died from hypothermia, fire Chief Samuel Pe-a said.

Drivers in the city were dealing with difficult conditions.

Police had responded to 278 crashes as of Tuesday evening, 104 of which were major, said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

The icy mess was thwarting pilots, too.

There were almost 1,000 flight cancellations at the two major Houston airports Tuesday because of severe weather, said Frank Ciaccio, emergency management coordinator for the Houston Airport System.

Most of those flights were at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Ciaccio told reporters.

The severe weather has also left more than 8,000 homes and businesses without power.

Super cold temps

Forecasters said the "very cold" temperatures would hang around until Thursday, meaning people in the Deep South and other areas would have to pull out their heaviest coats, dress in lots of layers, or stay inside.

Some school districts, like those in Atlanta where light snow was falling, announced they wouldn't open Wednesday.

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In Louisiana, Interstate-10 from Baton Rouge to Lafayette was closed.

"The rapidly freezing temperatures has caused this stretch to be deemed impassable for motorists," the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said. Parts of Interstate-49 were also closed.

The wind chill index in some parts of the state were already in the single digits.

Freezing rain fell in the San Antonio and Austin areas of Texas. A light glaze of ice and several car wrecks were reported in San Antonio, according to CNN affiliate KSAT.

Some areas were still to see the harshest conditions overnight. In New York meteorologists said steady snow will fall overnight. CNN affiliate WABC said Wednesday morning's commute will be slick but conditions will improve when temperatures break the freezing mark.

In Atlanta, it was supposed to be 16 degrees for the low Wednesday but winds were going to be 15 mph or stronger, making for a wind chill of zero.

City offices were shuttered for Wednesday and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 83 counties in the northern and central sections of the state.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 886939

Reported Deaths: 17167
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Los Angeles2904866944
Riverside650561275
San Bernardino609451065
Orange576351423
San Diego53263863
Kern33551413
Fresno30220430
Sacramento24811474
Santa Clara23591382
Alameda22932435
San Joaquin21436484
Contra Costa18273238
Stanislaus17403394
Tulare17317279
Ventura13930160
Imperial12610336
San Francisco11969137
Monterey1115884
San Mateo10918157
Santa Barbara9671119
Merced9386153
Sonoma9016134
Kings817383
Solano720574
Marin7036127
Madera492873
San Luis Obispo408032
Placer402355
Yolo309958
Butte302651
Santa Cruz272524
Napa190814
Sutter182112
Shasta178629
San Benito141114
El Dorado13024
Yuba128010
Mendocino111121
Tehama7938
Lassen7611
Lake67815
Glenn6473
Nevada5988
Humboldt5609
Colusa5486
Calaveras33917
Amador31316
Tuolumne2574
Inyo21815
Siskiyou1860
Del Norte1751
Mono1752
Mariposa782
Plumas610
Modoc270
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
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Very strong winds and dry conditions are driving critical fire danger today. A Red Flag Warning for high fire danger, a Wind Advisory, and a Freeze Warning are all in effect for the start of your Thursday.
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