- During the holiday weekend, Martin Luther King is expected to disrupt travel with the storm.
- The icing will be of particular concern in some parts of Carolina. Meanwhile, Atlanta could see its first measurable snow in four years.
- The last stops of the storm will be the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, after turning sharply to the north-northeast on Sunday and Monday.
The winter storm began pouring snow across the Upper Midwest on Friday as it made its way to the south and eventually east coast, promising weekend weather for millions of people.
According to the National Weather Service, more than 50 million Americans were below a certain level of winter alert on Friday morning. The alarms stretched from North Dakota south to Georgia and then northeast to Pennsylvania.
Martin Luther King’s weekend is expected to disrupt travel with the storm, AccuWeather said.
The storm is known as the “Saskatchewan cry,” AccuWeather said because it comes from this Canadian province. Meanwhile, the Weather Channel named it “Winter Storm Izzy.”
After a trail of snow fell in some areas on Friday, the storm is forecast to sink south on Saturday and Sunday and spread snow to cities like Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina. .
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Memphis is forecast to drop up to 3 inches of snow, while in Nashville it can drop up to 5 inches, the weather said.
Atlanta is also in the path of the storm, which could end a nearly four-year series of the city without measurable snow.
The icing will be of particular concern in some parts of Carolina. The South Carolina Meteorological Service’s forecasting office said that “power outages and damage to the trees are probably due to ice. Traveling could be almost impossible. Strong gusts of wind can add more stress to trees covered with ice.”
The last stops of the storm will be the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, after turning sharply to the north-northeast along the east coast on Sundays and Mondays.
Heavy snowfall is forecast to flood parts of the region – especially the Appalachian Mountains and the inland northeast – with up to 18 inches of snow before the storm hits late on 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 a state of emergency
In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Friday as a storm approached. State police warn people to avoid traveling during the holiday weekend because of the storm, just days after a previous storm stopped traffic on Interstate 95.
The state police are preparing for this final round of winter weather and, according to the statement, will have all available soldiers on patrol to respond as quickly as possible to traffic accidents, emergencies and disabled motorists.
Virginia officials have come under heavy criticism after a winter storm last week. Many motorists reported receiving little help when they got stuck in a traffic jam on I-95, which officials said began after the commercial vehicle slipped.
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Winter Storm Preparedness Checklist
The National Weather Service recommends that you have the following items in your car while traveling:
- Mobile phone, charger, battery
- Blankets / sleeping bags
- Flashlight with additional batteries
- First aid
- High calorie, durable food
- Extra clothes that stay dry
- Large empty can for use as an emergency toilet, handkerchiefs, toilet paper and paper towels
- A small can and waterproof matches for melting snow for drinking water
- A bag of sand or cat litter for traction
- Windshield scraper and brush
- Set of tools
- Tow rope
- Battery support cables
- Water container
- Candles and matches provide light and life-saving heat in an emergency.
- Compass and road maps are not dependent on mobile devices with limited battery life
Contributing: The Associated Press