Winter Storm Diego Slams The South, Leaves 200,000 Without Power

Holly Chavez

Residents in some areas of the South woke up Sunday morning to the effects Snowmaggedon 2018 wrought. The massive storm's icy conditions and accumulating snowfall is immobilizing transportation and creating other forms of wintry havoc in the region. The meteorological event, known as Winter Storm Diego, pounded the area so severely with heavy snow and ice that 200,000 people in North Carolina were left without power late Sunday morning, according to Newsweek. Thousands of residents in South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia also experienced power outages.

According to Accuweather, all or most of the heaviest snow is predicted to hit western North Carolina, southernmost West Virginia and central and Southern portions of Virginia. Areas most affected in the two states may see up 12 inches of snowfall accumulation on average.

Cities such as Boone, Gastonia, Morganton, Statesville, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro, North Carolina may even see a foot or more of the powdery stuff.

In North Carolina, the winter storm has already dumped several inches of snow and ice in Raleigh, Asheville, Durham, and surrounding areas. Asheville, additionally, has a possibility of seeing 18 inches of snow accumulation. The precipitation is also expected to turn to freezing rain Sunday afternoon, causing travel to become hazardous in the area.

North of the Tar Heel State, six to 12 inches of snow is expected to fall in the southeast area of Kentucky, the southernmost part of West Virginia and southern and central Virginia. Blacksburg, Richmond and Bluefield will likely see more than six inches of snow accumulation.

And, as Snowmaggedon 2018 makes its way across the South, the heavy wintry mix will likely cause more power outages and travel along portions of major interstates in the area will likely be brought to a standstill. In particular, Interstate 26, I-40, I-77 and I-81 may be adversely affected by the major weather event, and the disruptions and shutdowns will possibly carry over into Monday.