Snow and heavy snowfall begins to affect 80 million people in the southeastern United States under winter weather warnings


Winter weather warnings have spread across the eastern United States – stretching more than 1,400 miles from Mississippi to Maine, an area representing 80 million people, CNN meteorologists said.

“I am particularly concerned about snow storms affecting the interior of South and North Carolina.

“It’s really windy at 40 mph which will knock out the electricity in the area,” he said.

As of Sunday morning, about 200,000 customers in the Southeast were without power, including more than 100,000 in Georgia and more than 40,000 in Florida and South Carolina. PowerOutage.US website.

A foot of snow falls near the edge of Blue Ridge Mountain in Greenville and 20 inches of snow accumulates over 4,000 feet in that area. Even a tenth of an inch of snow is possible.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard warning for parts of South Carolina that will be in effect beginning Monday morning and temperatures will remain frozen through early next week.

“Significant amounts of snow will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly encouraged,” the NWS office said. Greenville.
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Up to a foot of snow and a half inch of ice can be found in the Charlotte foothills. Raleigh will have 2 inches of snow and a quarter inch of snow, forecasters said.

NWS warns of ice buildup Becomes very dangerous east of I-85 including Spartanburg, SC to Salisbury, NC. This includes the entire Charlotte metropolitan area. “Extreme levels of snowfall are expected in the Appalachian backwaters and across the Great Lakes,” the National Weather Service said. Said early Sunday.

“The heaviest hailstones are expected in the Carolinas this morning. Significant impacts are expected to pass through these regions,” the NWS said.

Snowfall rates from northeast Georgia west to the Carolinas and far east to Tennessee can reach one inch per hour. The storm forecasting center said. Heavy snowfall is also possible in West Virginia.

The governors of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency, allowing resources to stabilize before the storm arrives.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta said strong winds were expected Sunday in parts of northern and central Georgia.

“Due to the possibility of strong winds and wintry conditions, the trees have fallen and we are very worried about the power outage until Sunday, so prepare now!” A service Wrote On Twitter Saturday night.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered the State Department of Defense to prepare 1,000 National Guard troops to respond to the storm.

Mid-Atlantic and Northeast

On Sundays and Mondays, the storm will turn northeast toward the east coast.

From the mid-Atlantic to New England, the NWS said, “Precipitation is expected to start as snow before changing to snow/ice and will eventually rain as the storm approaches the center.”

Some snow will fall in key metropolitan areas, but a change in rain will prevent accumulations. Washington can get 2-4 inches, Philadelphia 1-2 inches. New York and Boston should gain an inch each.

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Heavy snow is expected in other places and above a foot in some places.

“As is common in this storm track, the Shenandoah Valley will again be the winner in terms of heavy snowfall toward the Allegheny.” NWS Baltimore said Saturday. “7 to 10 inches is possible, but forming straps heavier than a foot is not out of the question.”

The intensity of snowfall in the region could be severe enough to prevent severe frosts, but the NWS warned that untreated surfaces could still accumulate ice and lead to dangerous travel conditions.

Most snowfall will occur Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

Interior cities such as Charleston, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Syracuse and Burlington, Vermont will experience heavy snowfall.

Forecasters said the region will experience cold temperatures and dangerous gusty winds in the northeast ahead of the snowfall.

Coastal flooding is also expected

With the possibility of snowfall, strong easterly winds associated with the storm system could cause extensive coastal flooding up to 3 feet off the ground in parts of the northeast coast at high tide.

Forecasters said parts of New York, Long Island and parts of Connecticut were under a coastal flood warning.

The timing of the wind blowing from east to south will largely determine the intensity of flooding, and moderate flooding is possible if the wind changes before high tide.

“Extreme levels of flood danger have been announced in at least three locations, including roads, parking lots, parks, lawns, homes and businesses,” the NWS in New York said on Saturday.

Flooding can lead to road closures and structural damage along the Atlantic coast.

CNN meteorologists Alison Cinsor, Chad Myers, Dave Hennan, Monica Garrett and Haley Bring contributed to the story.


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