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Heavy Snowstorms Sweeping Through the South, Thousands Without Power

Snowstorms moving across the South are blanketing Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia. Parts of Texas and Louisiana are seeing heavy snow.

The snow has been the heaviest in two generations in some places, setting a number of records, the Washington Post reported. The snow extends into Alabama and is expected to move into East Tennessee and Georgia.

Winter weather alerts for the South

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued weather alerts for parts of the South. A winter storm warning is in effect for central Mississippi. A winter weather alert is in effect for central and northern Mississippi; Western Tennessee; Eastern Arkansas and central Alabama.

Thousands without power in the South

At the time of this writing on Monday, over 111,000 were without power in Texas, according to poweroutage.us. Another 50,000 are without power in Louisiana due to wintry conditions.

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Wintry mix extends from Louisiana to the Virginias

The latest projection by the National Weather Service shows a wintry mix is stretching from the eastern edge of Texas, east by northeast, into the Virginias. The mixed precipitation could turn into snow over portions of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

Thunderstorms farther south

Below the line of mixed precipitation will be thunderstorms and rain. Thunderstorms are forecast over Southeast Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and southwestern Georgia.

Rain is forecast for northern Florida, central and southern Georgia, into central, southern and eastern South Carolina, as well as central, southern and eastern North Carolina.

Several multi-car pileups on highways in Texas

EMS in central Texas is reporting multiple car pileups on state highways. In Austin, authorities reported one incident with five vehicles, and two other incidents with at least 13 vehicles, with other collisions around the area. Another vehicle rollover was reported, as well as an auto versus pedestrian, with two trauma alerts. Weather conditions also caused road shutdowns.

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