(photo credit: Associated Press)
A winter storm brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South of the US, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 centimeters) of snow for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City and New England.
Early Sunday, winter storm warnings covered northern Georgia, the
Carolinas, Washington, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts
and the eastern sections of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New
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The weather gave the Carolinas its first
white Christmas in decades. Columbia, South Carolina, had its first
significant Christmas snow since weather records were first kept in
Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina
declared states of emergency early Sunday or Saturday night. As North
Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy highways, Mid-Atlantic
officials spent Christmas Day preparing for up to a foot (30
centimeters) of snow, plunging temperatures and high winds.