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Winter storm coats Southern states with blanket of snow

January 11, 2021 GMT
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Vinson Parnell, of Jackson, Miss., plays with newly-fallen snow on the top of his brother's car Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Snow and ice blanketed central Mississippi after an overnight winter storm brought snow and frozen rain to the area, but it quickly melted on the roads with rising temperatures. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)
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Vinson Parnell, of Jackson, Miss., plays with newly-fallen snow on the top of his brother's car Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Snow and ice blanketed central Mississippi after an overnight winter storm brought snow and frozen rain to the area, but it quickly melted on the roads with rising temperatures. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

A winter storm has brought snow to parts of the U.S. South, moving into Alabama, Tennessee and northern Georgia on Monday after blowing across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi the day before. The blanket of white falling across the region forced some school and government office closures, and fostered some play time for adults and children cooped up in the pandemic.

As many as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow fell across parts of southern Texas, the National Weather Service in Houston reported Sunday night. The snow contributed to slick roads and power outages, but some families took time to enjoy the weather in areas like Austin and College Station.

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The system moved into Louisiana and Mississippi during the nighttime hours, with Louisiana State Police warning people in an online video to stay off the roads if possible.

By Monday morning, a light dusting covered grassy and elevated surfaces across northern Alabama and southern Tennessee. About two dozen public school systems delayed classes or closed in Alabama, and transportation officials reported wrecks in areas that received wintry precipitation overnight.

As much as 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters) of snow fell northwest of Birmingham, Alabama, forecasters said, and bridges were icy in spots. The weather service said snow could mix with rain in north Georgia.

Snowfall totals of about 4 inches (10 centimeters) were expected for areas between Center, Texas, and Natchitoches, Louisiana, KSLA-TV reported. State government offices in 29 parishes will be closed Monday — including in Caddo Parish, where Shreveport is located — according to The Advocate.

More than 110,000 customers in Texas and over 50,000 customers in Louisiana were without power early Monday morning, according to poweroutage.us, a utility tracking website.

Several school districts were closed, delayed or scheduled for only virtual learning in Mississippi and southern Arkansas, news outlets reported.

The National Weather Service in Jackson said 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow were expected for areas including Vicksburg and Yazoo City, with locally heavier amounts possible.

Communities further south in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama missed the snow, but got rain or sleet.