Massive snowfall buried swaths of the Southeast. See which areas were hit the hardest

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Winter Storm Izzy slammed parts of the Southeast over the holiday weekend, dumping more than a foot of snow in some places and breaking daily records in others.

Izzy started in North Dakota and Minnesota on Jan. 13 and 14 before tracking south over Missouri and Arkansas, according to the Weather Channel. The storm hit as far south as Mississippi and as far north as New York, leaving a large swath of the Southeast blanketed in snow throughout the day on Jan. 16.

Forecasters warned of downed trees and power lines, gusty winds, slippery roads and black ice.

The National Weather Service in the Eastern Region broke down the highest snowfall totals by state according to local reports as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16. Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina and eastern Tennessee were hit hardest — outpacing parts of the Northeast and Midwest in some areas.

Here’s a look at the areas with the most snowfall.

1. Flat Rock, North Carolina — 15.5 inches

North Carolina was braced for a direct hit from Winter Storm Izzy, with much of the state under a winter storm warning going into the weekend.

The snowstorm knocked out power to more than 70,000 residents at one point, McClatchy News reported. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged people to stay home as snowfall picked up throughout the day on Jan. 16.

“There have already been a number of wrecks on our roads,” he said during a news conference. “For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or getting stranded is to stay put. Fewer people on the road means fewer car crashes.”

Western North Carolina saw the most accumulation of snow, with the Asheville Regional Airport recording a daily snowfall record of 10.4 inches. The previous record was 7 inches in 1891, according to the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg.

At least 15 inches of snow fell in the small town of Flat Rock, about 30 miles south of Asheville. It was the highest recorded total in the Southeast as of Jan. 16, according to the Weather Service.

2. Gatlinburg, Tennessee — 11.2 inches

Eastern Tennessee was hit with a mixture of snow, sleet and ice following Winter Storm Izzy, according to local reports.

Forecasters warned of icy roads heading into Monday, Jan. 17, with multiple crashes on Interstate 40, WBIR reported. Emergency Management officials said black ice was likely in Sevier County, home to Gatlinburg, which saw more than 11 inches of snow.

3. Clayton, Georgia — 10 inches

Snow started falling in Georgia in the early morning hours on Jan. 16 with Gov. Brian Kemp declaring a state of emergency as early as Friday, Jan. 14, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

North Georgia appeared to experience the highest snowfall. Officials recorded up to 10 inches in Clayton, a city of roughly 2,000 people tucked in the northeast corner of the state near the borders of North and South Carolina.

4. Travelers Rest, South Carolina — 9.5 inches

Izzy doused the Midlands and Upstate South Carolina with a combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow. Between 4 and 8 inches of snow fell in the Greenville area, The State reported, while Anderson and Rock Hill reported 1 to 2 inches, respectively.

In Traveler’s Rest, about 10 miles north of Greenville, the National Weather Service recorded upwards of 9 inches.

Nearly 100,000 power outages were recorded statewide by the afternoon on Jan. 16. About 33,000 were ongoing as of 5:30 a.m. Monday, mostly in the Greenville-Spartanburg area, according to The State.

5. Walnut, Mississippi — 9 inches

Parts of Central and Northern Mississippi were hit with heavy snowfall as Izzy made her way through the Southeast.

The capital city of Jackson was left relatively untouched, The Clarion Ledger reported, but nearby Canton saw between 7 and 9 inches overnight. In Madison County, which is roughly 10 miles east of Canton, there was around 8 inches.

Walnut, Mississippi, in Tippah County, home to about 775 people, recorded 9 inches of snow, according to the Weather Service.

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