A winter storm blew into North Georgia and the Carolinas early Thursday, poised to deliver an icy sheen as cold air from the west collided with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.
Winter storm warnings were in effect for North Georgia, the mountains of Tennessee and the western Carolinas.
The National Weather Service predicted snow and sleet through Thursday morning in the Carolinas, turning to freezing rain by evening. The forecast called for snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, crews on late Wednesday began treating roads with a brine solution to prevent ice buildup.
CNN's Reynolds Wolf reported that as the morning-rush hour got under way Thursday, snowfall was growing heavier, but major roads had not become slick. Charlotte Douglas International Airport canceled 75 flights.
In Georgia, Delta Air Lines canceled about 200 flights late Wednesday and early Thursday as freezing rain and sleet were forecast, including parts of the Atlanta area, a Delta spokeswoman said.
The airline, whose main hub is at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, was trying to ease delays for travelers, said spokeswoman Betsy Talton.
By canceling the flights late Wednesday, she said, Delta reduced the number of Atlanta flights that will require de-icing.
Delta was contacting customers on the canceled flights, Talton said, and they were being rebooked.
The winter weather wasn't confined just to the Southeast. The National Weather Service issued snow advisories for the Texas Panhandle and most of Oklahoma, except the far southeast corner of the state. Accumulations of up to 3 inches were expected overnight in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Back east, light freezing rain was expected to hit the Washington metro area Thursday night and then turn to snow, with 1 to 2 inches of snow expected by Friday morning, the weather service said.
Snow socked the Plains on its way east Wednesday, at one point causing a 30-vehicle pileup in Kansas City, Kansas, that forced a closure of a section of Interstate 35 for 2½ hours, said Jim Weaver, a spokesman for the Overland Park Police Department. No fatalities or major injuries were reported.
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