- Major travel disruptions are expected with the storm throughout Martin Luther King Jr., this weekend.
- Ice would be a particular concern for the storm in parts of Carolina. Meanwhile, Atlanta could see its first measurable snowfall in four years.
- The storm’s last stops will be in the mid-Atlantic and northeast after it takes a sharp turn toward the northeast on Sunday through Monday.
A winter storm began dumping snow across the upper Midwest on Friday as it made its way south and eventually the East Coast, promising a chaotic weekend of weather for millions of people.
As of Friday afternoon, more than 60 million Americans were under some level of alert for winter weather, according to the National Weather Service. The alerts extended from North Dakota as far south as Georgia, and even into New England.
AccuWeather said significant travel disruptions are expected with the storm throughout Martin Luther King Jr. , weekend.
AccuWeather said the storm is known as the “Saskatchewan Scream,” as it originated in that Canadian province. Meanwhile, The Weather Channel dubbed her “Winter Storm Izzy.”
After sticking the upper Midwest with up to a foot of snow in some areas on Friday, the storm is expected to sink south Saturday through Sunday, spreading snow to cities like Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina. .
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The Weather Service said Memphis is expected to see up to 3 inches of snow, while up to 5 inches could fall in Nashville.
Atlanta is also in the way of a storm, which could end a city streak that has lasted nearly four years without measurable snow.
Ice would be a particular concern for the storm in parts of Carolina. The South Carolina Bureau of Meteorology said, “Power outages and tree damage are likely due to ice. Travel may be nearly impossible. In addition, strong gusts of wind may add more stress to ice-covered trees.”
The storm’s last stops will be in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast after taking a sharp turn northeast along the East Coast Sunday through Monday.
Heavy snow is expected over parts of the region — especially the Appalachian Mountains and the inland northeast — with up to 18 inches of snow falling by the time the storm hits late Monday.
The best chance of heavy snow is expected to be north and west of the Boston-Washington Expressway 95, from parts of northern Virginia to Maine, according to Weather.com.
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Virginia, Georgia, declared a state of emergency
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Friday ahead of a winter storm, which he said would bring significant amounts of ice, freezing rain, sleet and snowfall of two to five inches over the state.
In Virginia, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency Friday as the storm approaches. State police are warning people not to travel over the weekend due to the storm, just days after an earlier storm halted traffic on part of Interstate 95.
State Police are preparing for this last round of winter weather and will have all available forces on patrol to respond as quickly as possible to traffic accidents, emergencies and disabled motorists, according to the statement.
Virginia officials have come under fire in the wake of last week’s winter storm. Several motorists reported that they had little help when they were stuck in a dead end on I-95, which according to officials began after a commercial vehicle broke down.
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Winter Storm Preparedness Checklist
The National Weather Service recommends keeping the following items in your vehicle if you are traveling:
- Mobile phone, charger, batteries
- Blankets / sleeping bags
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- first aid bag
- a knife
- High-calorie, non-perishable foods
- Extra clothes to keep dry
- Large empty container to use for emergency toilets, tissues, toilet paper and paper towels
- Mini Water Resistant Bottles and Matches to Defrost Drinking Water
- A bag of sand or cat litter for hauling
- Windshield scraper and brush
- tow rope
- battery booster cables
- Water Taoist
- Candle and matches to provide lifesaving light and heat in an emergency.
- Compass and Route Maps are not dependent on mobile devices with limited battery life
Contributing: The Associated Press