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Major winter storm keeps trucking across the South

Expect supply chain delays in Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio valleys

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Updated 8 p.m. ET Feb. 15, 2021.

A destructive winter storm Sunday hit the southern Plains, making travel dangerous and slowing down supply chains due to potential road closures.

The storm has caused widespread power outages and has led to highway accidents and airport closings.

Snow and ice piled up across several states and will cause more issues Monday and Tuesday from eastern Texas to the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio valleys.

Power problems

As of Monday evening, about 3.8 million customers in Texas had no electricity, along with 111,000 in Louisiana and 300,000 across Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia and Ohio combined.


The Houston Hobby (ICAO code: HOU) and George Bush International (ICAO code: IAH) airports remain closed until 4 p.m. CT and 1 p.m. CT Tuesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.


Union Pacific sent a customer alert Sunday telling its customers to anticipate delays of a minimum of 72 hours for shipments in areas affected by the severe weather.


Dallas and Oklahoma City had record snowfall Sunday, with 4 inches and 6 inches, respectively.

Several inches of snowfall and significant ice buildup Monday will impact places like Houston and eastern Oklahoma, as well as southwestern Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Little Rock and Fort Smith, Arkansas; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and ice storm warnings for these areas. The storm will move into the Northeast Monday night and Tuesday, likely impacting truckers on the Interstate 95 corridor.

Another storm could produce heavy snowfall and icy conditions across Texas and the Mississippi Valley around midweek. Look for updates on the FreightWaves website and social media accounts.

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Nick Austin

Nick is a meteorologist with 20 years of forecasting and broadcasting experience. He was nominated for a Midsouth Emmy for his coverage during a 2008 western Tennessee tornado outbreak. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Tech. Nick is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in February 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” eight consecutive years.