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A rare winter storm is heading to the Deep South on January 28-29, 2014. A light wintry mix began to fall in parts of Texas and Louisiana early Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm alerts from Texas eastward through Louisiana, Mississippi, the Florida panhandle, Georgia, the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia.

The Mid-Atlantic beaches may see 6 to 12 inches of snowfall before Winter Storm Leon ends, according to The Weather Channel.

Unlike the Midwest and Northeast, the Deep South rarely sees winter weather of this significant nature. Schools, colleges and government agencies have already announced closings.

According to FlightAware, more than 2,700 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday. The hardest hit airports are in Atlanta, Houston and Chicago.

Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. are under an ice storm warning starting Tuesday afternoon. Travel in impacted areas will be nearly impossible.

Bridges and other elevated surfaces are especially dangerous during winter storms since they freeze before the roadways.

Some accumulating snow from Winter Storm Leon is also forecast along the coast of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Children across the Deep South look forward to a snow day or two while parents anticipate driving home from work in a wintry mess.

The Arctic cold continues to impact the Midwest and Northern Plains, where temperatures hover at or below 0. In some parts of the region, wind chills hit 30 to 40 degrees below 0.

Be prepared if you venture out in the winter weather. Drivers should clear snow and ice from cars before driving. Accelerate and decelerate slowly, allowing extra time for stopping. Find additional winter safety tips on AAA.com.

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