- Major disruptions to travel are possible during the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend.
- The storm that is sweeping through the Carolinas will bring ice to the region. Atlanta might see its first measured snow in four years.
- The storm’s last stops will be the mid-Atlantic and Northeast after it takes a sharp turn to the north-northeast on Sunday and into Monday.
As it headed towards the South, and ultimately the East Coast on Friday, a winter storm started to drop snow in the Midwest. This was threatening weekend weather for millions.
The National Weather Service reports that more than 50,000,000 Americans are under some type of winter weather advisory as of Friday morning. Alerts were issued from North Dakota through Georgia and then to the Northeast, Pennsylvania.
Major travel disruptions are expected with the storm throughout the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday weekend, AccuWeather said.
AccuWeather called the storm a “Saskatchewan screaming storm” because it was born in Saskatchewan. The Weather Channel has dubbed it Winter Storm Izzy.
After pasting the Upper Midwest with up to a foot of snow in some areas on Friday, the storm is forecast to dive into the South on Saturday and into Sunday, spreading snow into cities such as Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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According to the Weather Service, Memphis could see up to 3 inches of snow while Nashville may get as high as 5 inches.
Atlanta will also be affected by the storm. This could bring an end to Atlanta’s four-year streak of snowfall without any measure.
In parts of the Carolinas, ice will pose a problem due to the storm. South Carolina’s forecast office for the weather said that ice could cause power outages and damage to trees. This could mean that travel is almost impossible. Strong wind gusts can add stress to the ice-covered trees.
The storm’s last stops will be the mid-Atlantic and Northeast after it takes a sharp turn to the north-northeast along the Eastern Seaboard on Sunday and into Monday.
Heavy snow is forecast to wallop portions of the region – especially the Appalachians and interior Northeast – with as much as 18 inches of snow by the time the storm winds down late Monday.
Weather.com stated that the best place to get heavy snowfall is north and west along the Boston-Washington Interstate 95 corridor. This runs from Northern Virginia to Maine.
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Virginia declares a state of emergency
In Virginia, Gov. Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia declared a state emergency as Hurricane Florence approached. State police are warning people to avoid travel during the holiday weekend due to the storm, just days after a previous storm halted traffic on part of Interstate 95.
According to a statement, the state police have prepared for winter and will be on standby to assist in any traffic accidents, emergency situations, or disabled motorists.
Following the last week’s winter storm, Virginia officials were subject to intense criticism. Numerous motorists complained of receiving little help while stuck in gridlock along I-95. Officials say it began when a commercial vehicle was jackknifed.
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Checklist for winter storm preparation
When you travel, The National Weather Service advises that these items be kept in your vehicle:
- Mobile phone, charger, batteries
- Sleeping bags/blankets
- Extra batteries for Flashlight
- First-aid kit
- High-calorie, non-perishable food
- To keep your clothes dry, you will need extra clothing
- You can use large empty cans to store tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues and toilet paper.
- Use small cans and waterproof matches for melting snow to make drinking water
- Add cat litter or sand to improve traction
- Brush and windshield scraper
- Tool kit
- Tow rope
- Cables for battery boosters
- Water container
- Use matches and candles to lighten the room and, in emergencies, provide lifesaving heat.
- Mobile devices that have a limited battery life are not the best choice for road maps or compass.
Contributing: The Associated Press