Icy Roads Making for Dangerous Driving in South

Published December 16, 2010

ATLANTA – Ice-slicked roads prompted warnings of treacherous driving conditions Thursday and delayed school openings across a swath of the country, mainly in the South, while the East Coast braced for more snow.

In metro Atlanta and north Georgia, icy conditions prompted road closures a day after slick surfaces caused hundreds of car crashes in the area. Ice also covered streets as dawn broke Thursday in Louisville, Ky.

In North Carolina, snow and sleet was changing to freezing rain by midmorning Thursday from Winston-Salem to Raleigh, the National Weather Service said.

Schools in states including Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina either closed for the day or planned to open late.

In Ohio, plows were out in counties near the Ohio River. And a spokeswoman for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport said airlines were experiencing weather delays and cancellations. Workers were clearing snow to keep two primary runways open.

Meanwhile, snow was also expected later in the day in Washington, Philadelphia and parts of New York state, Virginia and West Virginia.

Western New York was getting a respite from heavy lake-effect snow storms but forecasters said central parts of the state would get pounded for another day. Syracuse was expected to get another few inches Thursday, on top of the 12 inches that fell Wednesday, giving the city a total of 67 inches for the season.

In Florida, farmers around the state were still assessing how cold weather earlier this week affected crops.

Tropical fish and strawberry farmers in central Florida reported some losses Wednesday, but the full extent of the cold damage won't be known for a few weeks. Citrus growers were more optimistic, saying they avoided a citrus freeze. Corn and bean growers in South Florida were less optimistic, with some farmers reporting losses.

Written by Associated Press

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