Winter Storm Diego targets +20 million people in southern US

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 9, 2018

In South Carolina, more than 52,100 customers have lost power.

More than 1,000 Sunday flights into and out of North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport have been canceled, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

Many churches in the Charlotte area have preemptively canceled Sunday services, CNN affiliate WSOC reported, and the city of Charlotte is prepping emergency shelters.

The storm will move in the Southeast on Sunday morning and deliver heavy snow to western North Carolina.

Being prepared means having up to three days worth of food on-hand and an emergency kit in your auto, said North Carolina's emergency management officials on Saturday. Flights in Tennessee and SC have also been affected.

"Virginians should take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared for winter weather storm impacts", said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency, as well, and said that some residents of North Carolina should be ready for a "lengthy fight with Mother Nature", the Associated Press reported.

The flooding and winter precipitation may also affect Georgia.

The storm tore through Texas, dumping snow and unseasonal heavy rain, CBS News' Janet Shamlian reports.

As much as a foot of snow could fall in the areas of Boone and Asheville, North Carolina, over the weekend.

The storm was expected to bring up to a foot of snow in parts of North Carolina and Virginia. Forecasters are calling for up to 18 inches of snow in the mountains and possible flooding at the coast. Bunker Hill Village in Harris County received 7.88 inches of rain over past 24 hours, while Lake Jackson saw 7.72 inches and College Station received 3.98 inches.

On Saturday, the governor urged people not to risk travel during the snowstorm, which he reminded residents isn't the same thing as "snow fall".

Snow totals will be lower in northeastern Arkansas and northwestern Tennessee, where a trace to 1 inch of snow is possible. Raleigh, the state capital, faced an uncertain mix of sleet and freezing rain, the National Weather Service said.

Precipitation began Friday in Central and North Texas, moving east overnight where fears of flash flooding are increasing through Saturday. A few areas in NW Arkansas may see up to 2 inches of snow due to higher elevations.

In Lubbock, Texas Tech University rescheduled all Saturday final exams for Sunday.

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