Winter storm set to bring dangerous ice and snow from the Dakotas to Northeast this weekend – see how you’ll be impacted
A WINTER storm is set to bring dangerous ice, snow, and wind from the Dakotas to the Northeast this weekend – here’s how you’ll be impacted.
The major storm will make its way through the nation’s Midwest, South and East over the weekend, leading up to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.A woman is seen traveling through the snow in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on January 7, 2022[/caption] The upcoming winter storm has been dubbed ‘Storm Izzy’[/caption]
According to the Weather Channel, the winter storm — which the news outlet has nicknamed “Storm Izzy” — will move from North Dakota down to northern Georgia and then up to Maine.
The report explains that widespread cold air and an “active jet stream plunging southward across two-thirds” of the United States, will make its way from the Northern Plains to New England in a matter of four days.
Storm Izzy is set to travel in a U-shaped track and the National Weather Service has issued various winter storm warnings, advisories, and watches across some areas of the Midwest and South.
The storm could possibly result in a significant bomb cyclone or a nor’easter hitting New York City on Sunday night.
Dave Dombek, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather, told The New York Post: “A lot can change in the next few days, but given what we’re seeing right now, that’s our thinking — that there certainly will be enough snow at least for a long enough period of time that it will mess up travel.
“It will be significant enough that it will mess up the roads and travel and it could be a real mess for a time.”
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According to Dombek, New York City has a 20 percent chance of getting more than six inches of snow.
The meteorologist told The Post: “The colder it is at the start of the storm and the longer it can stay cold, the more snow we’re going to get.”
He added: “If we’re in the ‘mostly snow’ zone, then we’re looking at much heavier amounts. At this juncture that doesn’t look likely, but it’s still in the cards.”
The Weather Channel warns that on Friday: “Snow will continue to spread southeastward during the day from the Northern Plains into parts of Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Snow could be heavy in some of those areas.
“Friday night, snow should eventually taper off in North Dakota, South Dakota and much of Minnesota, but will continue – heavy in spots – over eastern Nebraska, Iowa, northern Missouri, northeast Kansas and western Illinois.
“Rain changing to snow could spread into southern Missouri, southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.”
On Saturday, the snow is expected to move south through areas of southern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, eastern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas.
The southern Appalachians could be getting a lot of snow, according to the report.
As Saturday night comes around, “a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to develop from parts of northern Georgia into northern South Carolina, North Carolina and southwestern Virginia.”
The storm will then make its way from Arkansas to southern Missouri and to Kentucky and certain areas of Tennessee, where sleet and freezing rain could occur.
The Weather Channel notes that from Sunday on, “the uncertainty in the forecast details is still significant, dependent on the exact track of low pressure and the extent of cold air.”
And on Monday, parts of West Virginia, western and central Pennsylvania and New York state into New England may see “heavy, wind-driven snow.”
As the storm approaches, winter storm warnings have been issued for areas of South Carolina, North Carolina and far northeastern Georgia, Accuweather reports.
Forecasters with Accuweather are have warned that freezing rain will be the biggest threat to the Southeast.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski warned: “Should 0.50 of an inch to 1 inch of freezing rain accrue on trees and power lines in part of this zone, as feared, major infrastructure damage could occur and the power could be out for a week or more in some cases.”
The storm is expected to reach the Philadelphia area by early Sunday evening, with the most snow and ice hitting in the early hours of Monday, the Inquirer reports.
Meanwhile, record low temperatures are sweeping across the Northeast and upper Midwest.
Earlier this week, the National Weather Service warned of “dangerously cold wind chills” that could cause frostbite within 10 minutes.
When temperatures are below freezing and wind chills are plunging to 35 degrees below zero during an Arctic Blast travel is very dangerous.
Freezing rain, sleet, and black ice can occur when this weather occurrence strikes.
When this winter blast occurs it often brings record-breaking cold fronts and snowfall with it.
Prior to an Arctic Blast, below are some things to do in order to prepare:
- Schedule a furnace inspection to ensure your heat system will work
- Fix up drafty areas in your home
- Close your curtains
- Prepare for a power outage
- Ensure your pets have their food, medications, and whatever else they might need
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