1 fatality in Mississippi linked to storm

6:43 PM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA - A winter storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in Mississippi is linked to a traffic fatality in the state.

The accident involved a man whose car struck a downed tree. The Highway Patrol says the tree appeared to have been uprooted by wind and ground saturation.

The system is expected to spread north and east toward Washington, D.C. A mix of thick snowflakes and sleet was falling this afternoon in Huntsville, Ala., turning roadsides and plowed farm fields white. Heavy snow reduced visibility to a half-mile north of Birmingham.

In northern Georgia, the heaviest snow is expected to fall in the mountains, with lighter amounts possible in parts of the Atlanta area.

Snow is possible across much of North Carolina, with as much as 9 inches in the northwestern mountains.

The Associated Press

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