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A winter storm tearing through the Southeast threatens to keep residents stuck at home with days of dangerous driving conditions, canceled flights and power outages, report agencies.
Sunday will bring more than 12 inches of snow to the southern and central Appalachians, the National Weather Service said. Snowfall could total 12 to 20 inches over the Appalachians and into the Carolinas by Monday when the storm is expected to move off the coast, the agency said on Saturday.
“Snowfall amounts in some locations will likely exceed a foot and result in several days of difficult or impossible travel, extended power outages, and downed trees,” the agency said.
More than 1,000 Sunday flights into and out of North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport have been canceled, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.
The airport is the second-largest hub of American Airlines, which has “reduced its operations” because of the weather, the airport said.
American Airlines and its regional partners canceled 225 flights Saturday, 1,100 for Sunday and 300 for Monday, the airline said in a news release.
The Charlotte airport said it expects scattered cancellations through Monday morning, with the majority expected to be of small, regional planes.
About 13 million people remain under winter weather alerts in Arkansas, Tennessee and the Carolinas. The governors of Virginia and North Carolina have declared states of emergency.
Before moving east, the moisture-heavy storm walloped Texas causing downpours and flash flooding along the southern edge of the state and snow and ice in the north.