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South anxiously awaits storm; snow slows metro commute

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Residents of the Southeast U.S. are waiting anxiously for a major winter storm that could bring sleet, snow and rain – but it's the ice that forecasters are really worried about, CNN reports.

National Weather Service forecasters, in fact, are calling the pending storm a potential "catastrophic event."

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters Tuesday that "this is one of Mother Nature's worst kind of storms that can be inflicted on the South" because of the ice.

Meanwhile, the snow overnight in the Twin Cities metro hasn't affected traffic too heavily.

The Star Tribune says only a little overnight snow has left the mainline roads wet, and some lanes are covered. Still, MnDOT is still urging caution.

"Slow down and avoid the slide," Kevin Gutknecht of MnDOT says.

Despite the early snow, the metro will be see much milder temperatures Wednesday in comparison to the below zero readings of late, WCCO reports.

The high temperature in the Twin Cities is expected to hit 23 Wednesday and 32 on Thursday, the station says. The forecast calls for a high of 18 degrees on Friday, before warming up again to 26 on Saturday and 30 on Sunday.

KARE is calling for a high of 36 Monday and 31 on Tuesday.

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