This is how ice ages begin.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency ahead of the upcoming storm, which has brought snow and freezing rain across the southern United States.
Heavy and accumulating snow is expected in southern Virginia through Monday, the National Weather Service warned. Downed trees and limbs may create significant power outages or cause additional travel hazards.
On Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for all 100 of the state’s counties.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin also declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm for all 77 of the state’s counties. More than 10 inches of snow accumulated in Oklahoma.
2nd snowiest December day on record for Lubbock, Texas
The storm has already dumped heavy snow on Texas and Oklahoma, at one point dropping two inches of snow per hour on Lubbuck, Texas, bringing the total to at least 10.5 inches of snow and making it the 2nd snowiest December day on record for the Panhandle city.
Earlier, the same storm dropped heavy snow on parts of California, forcing closure of Interstate 5 near Tejon Pass.
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