January 11, 2011 by staff
Sara King was sledding on a hill on the outskirts of Charlotte on Monday when his sled went into the street and was struck by a passing vehicle. A nursing supervisor said she was in surgery Tuesday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Meanwhile, it could take several days before ice conditions to improve dangerous southern areas affected by a wintry blast that sent cars sliding off the road, emptied grocery shelves and officials were nervously watching lines Electrical and ice-laden tree branches.
Low temperatures should continue to snow and ice on the ground in a region where many cities have only a handful of plow, if any.
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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – It could take several days before ice conditions to improve dangerous southern areas affected by a wintry blast that sent cars sliding off the road, emptied grocery shelves and officials had nervously watching ice-laden power lines and tree branches.
Meanwhile, New York was about to face its third snowstorm in less than three weeks, a day after the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg has admitted a series of mistakes in its handling of a week- Christmas weekend blizzard and promised immediate changes. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning on Tuesday evening to Wednesday afternoon, with the heaviest snowfalls expected overnight.
In the south, low temperatures Tuesday were expected to prevent snow and ice on the ground a day after the snow from a few centimeters to more than a foot covered the states of Louisiana to the Carolinas – a region where many cities have only a handful of plow, if any. Freezing rain in some areas added to the misery and area schools remained closed for a second day.
“The road conditions are very difficult at this stage,” Joe Turner, a North Carolina Department of Transportation maintenance engineer in Raleigh, said Tuesday morning. “The roads are very bad. We urge people to stay home. ”
The storm closed most of the towns and villages; many businesses closed, and canceled most flights at the airport in Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world’s busiest. At least nine people were killed in traffic accidents related to weather.
Atlanta area’s normally bustling downtown was almost deserted for the second consecutive day Tuesday. And North and South Carolina, thousands were without electricity.
More than 100 passengers who were trapped in a bus station in downtown Atlanta had sandwiches, blankets and bottled water from a nearby prison.
“It’s better than nothing,” spokesman Curtis police officer said Davenport.
While officials in the South has urged people to stay home if possible, Steve Mesick said it was not an option for him. The 36-year-old had to go to work at a gas station, Columbia, SC.
“You just have to stay on the ice,” Mesick said, laughing as he exited his car and skated on the ice in the parking lot. “Everybody needs gas, and someone needs to be here. ”
The conditions were unlikely to improve. Temperatures should remain below freezing for several days and more snow is expected. This means that the treacherous travel conditions could persist until Wednesday or later.
“The problem here is that they are not used, so that the equipment and the elimination of sanitation and snow removal is not really suited for this kind of situation,” said Tino Grana, 48, New York, who visited Atlanta to sell art at a trade show downtown.
Atlanta, which won 4-7 inches, just eight snowplows. The city hired a fleet of 11 privately owned trucks to help spread the salt and gravel.
The storm system was expected to spread to northern Ohio and could hit the northeast of the snow, tired late in the week.
A number of school districts in Ohio canceled classes until all snow has fallen and the National Weather Service said the snow becomes more intense on Tuesday afternoon.
A snowstorm dumped Christmas more than 2 feet of snow on New York and other parts of the region, Travel Holiday and nearly crippling the closure of large cities. Now, the Big Apple and its suburbs could get 8-14 inches of snow with reduced visibility and wind gusts up to 35 mph, forecasters said. Long Island could get up to 15 inches.
The weather in the Arctic has begun to roll in the South on Sunday, bridges and roads covering with snow, sleet and freezing rain. The governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee declared emergencies.
In Georgia, the storm forced inauguration ceremonies for Governor-elect Nathan Deal be moved inside the Capitol steps of the state. Arkansas officials planned to spend within their inauguration on Tuesday.
Drivers struggled to stay on slippery roads, and roads were littered with abandoned vehicles. Some motorists are left in the middle of the cross to push their cars up ramps covered with ice.
Cities by simply not equipped to deal with this much snow, “said Joel Weems, a worker at the University of Mississippi.
But the latest storm also offered the children – and some adults acting like children – a rare opportunity to play in the snow.
“I try to have a snowball fight with my friend,” said 15-year-old Connor Ormond Columbia, SC, as he trotted to the house of a friend, snowball in hand. “It’s more snow than I’ve ever seen! ”
In Memphis, 21-year Jupson Ronni said the roads were not as bad as she feared they would.
“I love snow, I will not lie,” she said. “I’m really homesick. I’m just sad that I must be an adult and work.”
Contributing to this story were Associated Press writers Dorie Turner, Jason Bronislaw, Ray Henry, Debbie Newby in Atlanta and Greg Schreier, Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Ala., David Brandt and Holbrook Mohr in Jackson, Mississippi; Alan Sayre in New Orleans Kristin M. Hall in Nashville, Tenn., and Murray Evans in Oklahoma City.
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