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Winter storm threatens disruption from south to northeast

A severe winter storm was expected to bring snow and freezing rain to parts of the south and northeast from Saturday, a mix that is expected to create dangerous travel conditions and potentially worsen supply chain issues in the regions.

More than a quarter inch of ice is expected to fall in the Piedmont regions of North and South Carolina and more than a foot of snow is expected to fall from Appalachia to upstate New York and south and in central Vermont. Snow was also forecast for parts of the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys, according to the National Weather Service Prediction Center.

“This is going to be a major setback for several days for businesses trying to move products across the country just because of the magnitude of the storm,” Jonathan Porter, AccuWeather’s chief meteorologist, based at State College, in Pennsylvania, said Friday.

On Friday, Governor Ralph S. Northam of Virginia declared a state of emergency and ordered the activation of that state’s emergency operations center.

“This upcoming weather system will likely include additional downed trees, more power outages and significant impacts to travel conditions,” Mr Northam said in the statement. State transportation officials were caught off guard earlier this month when a storm stranded hundreds of drivers.

He warned the storm could produce wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour along the coast.

In other parts of the South, meteorologists said northeast Georgia and the Carolinas are expected to bear the brunt of freezing precipitation Saturday night through Sunday.

“While there’s going to be a lot of talk about the snow, we’re also sounding the alarm about the ice storm coming to the Carolinas,” Porter said. “It appears to be a recipe for prolonged power outages and tree damage in these areas.”

Temperatures fell well below zero on Saturday across New England and parts of New York.

In Saranac Lake, NY, the temperature had dropped to 12 below freezing on Saturday morning and is expected to drop to 20 below freezing by nightfall, with wind chills making it feel like minus 31.

All of northern New York and Vermont experienced sub-zero temperatures and was under a wind chill warning through Saturday afternoon, with the possibility of temperatures feeling as low as minus 45, the National said. Weather Service.

“Dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes,” the weather service said.

Some airports and transport services were already preparing for possible travel problems.

Parts of the Carolinas, including Charlotte and Greensboro, were expected to see “the most damaging icing,” according to the National Weather Prediction Center.

“This will lead to dangerous travel, power outages and damage to trees,” the center said.

Southwest Airlines has warned that travelers passing through southern airports could see delayed, diverted or canceled flights. American Airlines and Delta made similar weather-related announcements.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday advised travelers to check with their airlines for storm-related delays and cancellations.

Nashville could receive three to six inches of snow starting around noon Saturday, with heaviest snowfall north of the city in what has already been a snowy winter, meteorologists said.

“Nashville could have more snow this winter than Milwaukee and Chicago,” Porter said. “It’s quite impressive.”

The storm system, which brought over 12 inches in parts of Iowa and North Dakota on Saturday are expected to continue to move southeast towards upper South Carolina, northeast Georgia and western North Carolina.

Dave Nadler, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Peachtree, Georgia, said during a briefing that some ice accumulation in northern Georgia could be significant.

“We are looking at the potential for a major winter storm,” Nadler said. “The look of it and the confidence in it is starting to increase.”

The uncertainty in the forecast could be disconcerting to those living along Interstate 95 in Virginia, where this month’s snowstorm left hundreds of drivers stranded in their vehicles for more than 24 hours.

The Virginia Department of Transportation was taking no chances, and on Thursday its crews began spraying portions of I-95 with a salt and brine solution, which helps prevent ice from sticking to the roads.

Mary Cashion

The author Mary Cashion