Ice may glaze roads in southeastern US Thursday, Thursday night

Following spotty ice on Wednesday, a colder storm may bring an icy mix and hazardous travel to part of the Southeastern states on Thursday and Thursday night.

A couple of storms are forecast to slice across the South then off the coast before the end of this week.

The first storm will produce rain as the primary form of precipitation from Louisiana to coastal North Carolina on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

However, on the northern edge of this first storm and its rain, the air may be just cold enough to allow a bit of sleet and snow from northern Louisiana to parts of central and northern Mississippi and Alabama, northern Georgia, upstate South Carolina and central North Carolina.

A second and colder storm is likely to track a bit farther to the south and east on Thursday and Thursday night.

"The amount of moisture that is available to the second storm is questionable and may limit the amount of sleet and freezing rain," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

"At this time, there is the potential for enough ice to glaze surfaces from a large part of Georgia to much of South Carolina and central and eastern parts of North Carolina," Pydynowski said.

While a small amount of sleet or freezing rain will not bring down power lines, it can make for very dangerous travel conditions by foot or wheel.

Portions of Interstates 16, 20, 26, 40, 75, 77, 85 and 95 may be slippery. These surfaces may appear to be be wet but may be icy, especially on bridges and overpasses.

Cities at risk for some icy or wintry precipitation include Atlanta, Macon, Augusta and Savannah, Georgia; Greenville, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Charlotte, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Related: These US areas saw a white Christmas this year: 

23 PHOTOS
Storm brings white Christmas to parts of the U.S.
See Gallery
Storm brings white Christmas to parts of the U.S.
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man walks through snow covered road in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Cars, covered with snow, are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Trees are seen near a road, covered with snow, during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A child skies downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man skies downhill with a child during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Dogs run through snow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man cleans a sidewalk with a snowplow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man skies downhill with his dogs during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People ski downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas decorations covered with snow is seen on a house gate in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City on December 25, 2017. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas Nativity scene covered with snow is seen at a house on Christmas day on December 25, 2017 in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
Dec 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Snow is cleared from the field prior to a game between the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Shamarko Thomas (29) celebrates in the snow following his teams overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; The Buffalo Bills run an offensive play in a snow storm against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) in a snow storm during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas Nativity scene covered with snow is seen at a house on Christmas day on December 25, 2017 in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man cleans a sidewalk with a snowplow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A child skies downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People slide during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People play with snow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Should the storm develop quickly, some ice and snow may fall as far to the west as parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana on Thursday.

If dry air rushes in quickly during Wednesday night, the air may be too dry to bring much more than very spotty sleet and snowflakes throughout the Southeast states.

RELATED: 
Southern, Midwest storms may converge on northeastern US as a snowstorm prior to New Year's Eve 
US New Year’s Eve forecast 2017: NYC to face biting winds as cold grips central, eastern US 
How to avoid freezing if you're ringing in the new year in Times Square 
Feet of lake-effect snow to bury Great Lakes during final week of 2017 
Brutal cold to bring dangerous conditions to northern Plains into midweek

The same storm may join up with a storm from the Midwest in the Northeast states on Saturday. Should the two storms merge quickly and hug the coast, a significant snowstorm may unfold in the Northeast, which may hinder travel to and from some the major airport hubs. Crews and aircraft may also be displaced in such an event.

Even colder air is forecast to pour southeastward this weekend through the first week of 2018.

There is a chance a major storm occurs before the coldest air of the season so far arrives for the southeastern part of the nation around New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Read Full Story