Travel ‘Dangerous or Impossible,” Says National Weather Service
A powerful winter storm is causing chaos in areas of the country that don’t usually see freezing rain, ice, and snow.
The storm began to impact the southeastern United States on Sunday, causing the National Weather Service to issue an ice storm warning for parts of South Carolina from Sunday through Monday.
“Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible,” the weather service said Sunday. “Travel is strongly discouraged.”
Meanwhile, over a foot (30 cm) of snow is expected from the Appalachians through upstate New York and parts of Vermont. Snow, albeit a lesser amount, was also predicted for parts of the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys, the National Weather Service Prediction Center said.
Thousands of home are already without power in the Carolinas. Over 41,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina had lost power, Governor Roy Cooper said Sunday, who added that as much as 12” of snow had fallen in some parts of the state and that travel conditions are dangerous in many areas.
The storm is expected to impact the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on later on Sunday and on Monday.
Light snowfall is expected in the early evening hours in New York City, where temperatures fell to below the freezing mark Saturday into Sunday, while heavy snow will impact the city’s northern suburbs and upstate New York and New England. The forecast for Saranac Lake calls for “heavy snow” with accumulations of up to 13” (33 cm).
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