winter weather

Little Rock, Ark., awoke to 6 inches of accumulation.

Just before dawn, rain became sleet became snow outside Nashville, Tenn. Flakes began to fall in Charlotte, N.C., and the Carolina mountains.

My 3-year-old drinks milk, but not very much of it, and that could be a problem for her.

We live in the Northeast, where the sun's rays are weaker. And now that the days are shorter, my kid arrives at day care a few hours after sunrise and leaves when it's dark. That all made me wonder whether she's getting enough vitamin D, and if not, what we should be doing about it.

Ryan Poppe / The Texas Tribune

Meteorologists believe this winter will be one of the longest and harshest on record. Since 70 percent of winter weather-related injuries happen while driving, state emergency planners believe Texas roads could become a more dangerous place.

Tired of winter? It could be the season's last gasp or just wishful thinking: an area ranging all the way from Texas to the Mid-Atlantic was under a weather alert, with as much as 10 inches of new snow possible in the northern reaches.

The Weather Channel says:

"All told, roughly 83 million people were under some kind of warning or advisory for winter weather.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain and sleet, which is in effect from midnight Wednesday to noon Thursday.

Arctic air has moved across Texas. Freezing rain and sleet are possible. Temperatures should rise above freezing after noon Thursday.

Freezing rain and sleet could cause icing of less than 1/10 of an inch. This will make for patchy ice on roads and hazardous driving conditions in some spots.

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