Snow to blanket the South this weekend in major winter storm

A winter storm in Atlanta

Modal Trigger A winter storm in Atlanta Georgia last January. AP

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for several counties.

Snow is more likely Sunday, with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow, mostly after 4 p.m. Additional snow accumulations of 4 inches to 8 inches are likely in the most persistent lake snows.

So far, Texas has seen 10 inches of snow in Lubbock and Wolfforth; however, flooding rain is now appearing on the forecast.

A winter storm tearing through the Southeast threatens to keep residents stuck at home with days of unsafe driving conditions, canceled flights and power outages. Hourly rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour are possible in the Florida Panhandle and southern Georgia Sunday morning.

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING for the following counties and cities: Tazewell-Bland-Giles-Pulaski-Montgomery-Craig-Roanoke-Botetourt-Bedford-Campbell-Charlotte-Mercer-Summers-Monroe.

The weather service issued a winter storm watch for much of Western North Carolina on Thursday and it extended into central North Carolina on Thursday evening. The storm will try to nudge north into the mid-Atlantic later on Sunday, however, a high-pressure system bringing cold air to the Northeast should stop the storm's northward progression.

"This is going to be a snowstorm, not a snowfall", Gov. Roy Cooper said at a press conference Saturday. The storm should stay south of Washington, D.C.

The warning is in effect from midnight Saturday through 11 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Northampton County in North Carolina could see more.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) - A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages.

Snow totals will be lower in northeastern Arkansas and northwestern Tennessee, where a trace to 1 inch of snow is possible. Up to 2 inches are possible hourly in coastal towns.

While most models keep the winter precipitation tucked into Carolinas, there is one model that shows the possibility of freezing rain reaching down the I-85 corridor to impact Atlanta on Sunday night into Monday.

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