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Winter Storm Benji blanketed the Deep South with rare snow

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Winter Storm Benji has delivered rare snow to portions of coastal and south Texas that typically do not see such precipitation.

Weather.com on Friday reported that Benji will ultimately blanket a 2,000-mile-long ribbon from the Deep South and Northeast into this weekend, delivering the first snow for many people.

The storm’s southern extent and its resulting snow is unusual, reaching from the Deep South and coastal Texas into Alabama, north Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and beyond.

Benji will next head towards the southern Appalachian Mountains, leaving behind over 100,000 customers who have lost power in the South and multiple schools shut down across the region.

Most areas in the region stretching from Deep South Texas to north Georgia are predicted to receive a couple of inches of wet snow.

Locally higher totals are possible, however, and heavier snow falls are feasible in sections of western North Carolina and southern Virginia.

Temperatures falling late Friday into early Saturday mean that the threat of residual water on roads icing up is a significant danger.

Extreme caution is advised for people who must travel in such areas experiencing snowfall this weekend.

Our affiliates in Austin, Texas, Birmingham, Alabama and Asheville, North Carolina captured footage of the uncommon snow falling upon each of the cities.

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Rare winter storm warnings have been issued for portions of Deep South Texas, plus chunks of Mississippi, Alabama, north Georgia and western North Carolina.

The warnings included major cities like Corpus Christie, Texas, Jackson, Mississippi and parts of the Atlanta, Georgia metro area.

The National Weather Service on Friday also issued winter weather advisories reaching from coastal Texas to Virginia.

The advisories impacted such cities as Houston, Birmingham and Greensboro, North Carolina heading into this weekend.

Winter weather advisories were also issued for a swath of the I-95 corridor ranging from Massachusetts to northern Virginia.

The region includes the Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. metro areas.

A winter storm watch has finally been published for southern New Jersey and part of eastern Maine in the Northeast.

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