- Major travel disruption is expected with the storm throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. bank holiday weekend.
- Ice will be of particular concern with the storm in parts of the Carolinas. Meanwhile, Atlanta could see its first measurable snowfall in four years.
- The storm’s final stops will be the mid-Atlantic and northeast after taking a sharp turn to the northeast on Sunday and Monday.
A winter storm began to dump snow in the upper Midwest on Friday as it headed south and eventually the east coast, promising weekend weather havoc for millions of people.
As of Friday morning, more than 50 million Americans were under some level of winter weather alert, according to the National Weather Service. The alerts spread from North Dakota to southern Georgia and then to northeastern Pennsylvania.
Major travel disruption is expected with the storm throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. bank holiday weekend, AccuWeather said.
The storm is known as the “Saskatchewan Town Crier,” said AccuWeather, because it is from that Canadian province. Meanwhile, the weather channel named it “Winter Storm Izzy”.
After passing the Upper Midwest with up to a foot of snow in parts on Friday, the storm is expected to dip into the south on Saturday and Sunday, spreading snow in cities such as Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, Caroline North. .
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Memphis is expected to see up to 3 inches of snow, while as much as 5 inches could fall in Nashville, the Weather Service said.
Atlanta is also on the way to the storm, which could end a nearly four-year streak with no measurable snowfall.
Ice will be of particular concern with the storm in parts of the Carolinas. A South Carolina weather forecast office said, “The power outages and damage to trees are likely due to ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. Plus, strong gusts of wind can add more stress to the weather. trees covered with ice “.
The storm’s final stops will be the mid-Atlantic and northeast after taking a sharp turn north-northeast along the east coast on Sunday and Monday.
Heavy snowfall is expected to cover parts of the region – particularly the Appalachians and the northeast interior – with up to 18 inches of snow as the storm subsides late Monday.
The best chance of heavy snowfall is expected to be north and west of the Boston-Washington Interstate 95 corridor, from parts of Northern Virginia to Maine, Weather.com said.
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Virginia declares state of emergency
In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Friday as the storm approached. State police are warning people to avoid travel during the holiday weekend because of the storm, just days after a previous storm cut off traffic on part of Interstate 95.
State police are preparing for this latest round of winter weather conditions and will have all available soldiers on patrol to respond as quickly as possible to traffic accidents, emergencies and disabled motorists, according to a statement.
Virginia state officials have come under heavy criticism following a winter storm last week. Many motorists said they received little assistance while stuck in traffic on I-95, which officials say began after jackknifing a utility vehicle.
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Winter storm preparedness checklist
The National Weather Service recommends that you keep the following items in your car if you are traveling:
- Cell phone, charger, batteries
- Blankets / sleeping bags
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- High-calorie, non-perishable foods
- Extra clothes to stay dry
- Large empty box to use as an emergency toilet, tissues, toilet paper and paper towels
- Small waterproof can and matches for melting snow for drinking water
- Sandbag or cat litter for traction
- Windshield scraper and brush
- Tool kit
- Tow rope
- Battery jumper cables
- Water reservoir
- Candle and matches to provide light and in case of emergency, saving heat.
- Compass and road maps, don’t depend on mobile devices with limited battery life
Contribution: The Associated Press