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Icy Weather Chills Mid-South, Tenn. Valley

UPDATED 9 PM CST, January 15, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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Sleet and freezing rain continue to plague the Mid-South tonight as a winter storm ambles into the Southeast. Ice has reportedly accumulated as thick as one-half inch in spots, causing major traffic and power problems. On the warmer side of the same weather system, downpours are increasing the flooding threat.

A front remains parked across the Southeast, and has been given an extra burst of cold air from an approaching upper-low. As the moisture from the front hits the colder air at the surface, freezing rain has been falling from eastern Texas to Kentucky.

Just since Monday, already one-half inch of ice has accumulated in northern Louisiana with up to one inch of new snow in central Arkansas. More than 3,000 are without power in northern Louisiana as a result.

Ice Storm Warnings extend from northeastern Louisiana to western Tennessee, including Monroe, La., Greenville, and Greenwood, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn. Here, one-quarter to one-half inch of ice will be possible. Surrounding these warnings are Winter Weather Advisories and a Winter Storm Warning are draped from north Texas to northeastern Kentucky, where a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected. Shreveport, La., Tupelo, Miss., and Bowling Green, Ky., are all within these advisories.

The icy weather is sure to cause problems through morning on all the highways of the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys. In addition, while major highways may be clear of ice, smaller roads have been turned into skating rinks.

On the warmer side of the front, enough heavy rain will fall to cause flooding problems. Flood Watches and Warnings are in place from southeastern Louisiana into southwestern Virginia. Recent heavy rain will send streams, rivers and creeks over bank levels, while excessive runoff overwhelming storm drains could even lead to urban flooding. Remember, if you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

Farther north, rain is spreading into the southern Mid-Atlantic. As this rain encounters colder temperatures, it will accumulate as ice, sleet and snow tonight into Wednesday. Up to one-tenth of an inch of ice could cause travel delays along Interstate 81 and 70 in the Mid-Atlantic while 2 to 4 inches of snow could coat roadways north of Interstate 70 into southeast New England. Click here for more information on the snow threat.

The snow and ice is slowly coming to an end across the Mid-South, and roads will improve on Wednesday as temperatures are able to recover above the freezing mark.

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