Some 75 million Americans in 33 states, from Dakotas to Georgia to Maine, are alert for Saturday and Monday due to the severe snowstorm and cold temperatures.
At least 11 winter warnings are in effect, including freezing temperatures in most parts of the northeast, where temperatures – as its temperature can be heard – were as low as 40 degrees Faht early Saturday.
The hurricane clock is also in operation from Arkansas to Pennsylvania due to the much-anticipated winter storm that has lost snow in North Dakota and Iowa.
When a typhoon blows southeast through the central Mississippi states Saturday to Sunday, then northeast until Monday, snow, ice and rain are expected.
3 to 6 inches of snow is possible in the southern hemisphere, Atlanta has the opportunity to see the first snow in four years. 6 to 18 inches of snow is possible in the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
North-east to New England is expected to hit 6 to 18 inches of snow. Northeast coastal areas, including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, can see up to three inches[3 cm]of snow, though they can be eroded when the snow changes rainfall in early Monday.
FlightAware has already announced that more than 1,600 US flights have been suspended on Sunday, including 1,000 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina – more than 80% of the airport a day. Other airports affected are Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Dangerous roads, as well as power outages, are expected over the weekend. The Interstate 95 corridor will probably see a snowy mix of rain, hail and ice Sunday through Monday.
Four countries – Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia – announced the emergency Friday before the storm, when West Virginia declared the nation “a state of readiness.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged people to gather for action on Saturday and off the streets on Sunday and Monday as “major consequences” are expected around the world.
“This is a terrible storm,” the governor said at a press conference on Saturday. “As if a foot of snow is expected to fall in the mountains and on the slopes of mountains. And in central North Carolina, very cold and heavy rain will fall on top of the hail. Wind and wind.”
In preparation, 10,000 employees from Duke Energy are being fired to help restore energy. The company estimates that 750,000 customers in North and South Carolina could lose power due to the storm and warned customers on Saturday to “prepare for long-term power outages.”
The government has also appointed 200 members of the National Guard to assist in transport to the western and central regions.
More than 1,200 employees and contractors from the State Department of Transportation have distributed 2.5 million gallons of water to the roads since Thursday and prepared more than 400 vehicles ready to respond to the storm, North Carolina Department of Transport Secretary Eric Boyette said.
Boyette warned of delays in response due to the spread of hurricanes across the state, as well as reduced employment due to COVID-19 DISEASES.
“Trips can be severely affected for several days after the storm,” he said, urging people not to leave the road. “We will do everything we can to reopen the roads as soon as we can.”
In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp said agencies are planning to collect and send government supplies, and to assist neighboring countries if needed.
Atlanta is also preparing for the snow, with Mayor Andre Dickens telling Elwyn Lopez of “Good Morning America”: “We have 40 weapons ready to go. We have 300 workers. A gallon and gallons of brine. So we try to stay ahead.”
Hilda Estevez of ABC News, Melissa Griffin and Mina Kaji contributed to the story.
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