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Rare Winter Storm Socks Gulf Coast, Southeast

UPDATED 2 PM EST, January 29, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A rare winter storm continues to wind down in the Southeast with a potpourri of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The wintry weather has created a dangerous icy mess across the South, leading to hours of delays.

On Tuesday and early this morning, the snow spread along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Georgia and into the Mid-Atlantic. Generally, accumulations were light; Knoxville, Tenn., reported 3 inches of snow, with two inches in downtown Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. Greensboro, N.C., had one inch of new snow, while Washington, D.C.`s eastern suburbs also measured about 2 inches.

The snow and ice will gradually end along the Gulf as temperatures climb above freezing. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings remain in place parts of southern Georgia and northern Florida.

This wintry mess was due to a disturbance sliding north and east from the Gulf of Mexico, teaming up with cold air oozing south from an Arctic high pressure across the Great Lakes.

The frigid air will build south into northern Florida through the afternoon today Lingering rain here will change to freezing rain in places like Jacksonville, Fla., with a glaze possible after the evening commute.

A winter storm of this magnitude is rare in the Deep South. Although most of the precipitation will be ice in New Orleans, the last measureable snow was December 11, 2008 when 1 inch fell at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. In Tallahassee, Fla., the last trace of sleet occurred on Christmas Eve in 2004.

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