- Storms are likely to cause major travel problems in North Dakota, Georgia, and Maine.
- Storms should bring significant wintry conditions to the south U.S.
- Atlanta could snap a four-year drought without any measurable snow.
Over the coming days, an intense winter storm will batter tens to millions across America’s central, southern, and eastern regions with rain, snow, and ice.
“Get ready, a major snowstorm is coming,” AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno warned.
According to the Weather Channel, Izzy was named by North Dakota’s Weather Channel as a massive storm. It is expected to cause major travel headaches from North Dakota to Georgia, and possibly Maine.
The first area to see snow Friday will be the upper Midwest, where winter storm warnings, watches and weather advisories were issued by the National Weather Service. AccuWeather stated that snowfall will be widespread across the entire eastern Dakotas, western Minnesota, and Iowa.
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AccuWeather meteorologist Matt Benz said, “There will be a broad band of heavy snow which generally extends between the eastern Dakotas (Minnesota) and Minnesota down to at least some of Missouri and possibly the Ozarks of Arkansas.” The storm is expected to hit Kansas City, Minneapolis, Des Moines and St. Louis.
The weather service predicts that Friday and Saturday could be difficult driving days as the roads are covered in snow.
Southern states face dangerous ice storm
There is a chance of a severe ice storm and snowfall in the South as the storm moves on.
“While much is going to be said about the snow across much of the central and eastern part of the country with our latest winter storm,” AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter said, “I want to make sure we don’t lose track of the significant ice storm risk.”
“Parts of North and South Carolina, as well as portions of Virginia where amounts could easily exceed half an inch of ice” could face the biggest threat from icy precipitation, he said.
Porter indicated that the ice could lead to tree and power outages.
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Atlanta could be in the path to the storm which will bring an end to Atlanta’s almost four-year drought without any measurable snow.
Northeast forecasters predict snowfalls of up to 18 inches
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 paste 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 reported that heavy snow will be most likely north and west from the Boston-Washington Interstate 95 corridor. It runs from Northern Virginia through Maine.