A strong winter storm covers highways in the Carolinas and Georgia ice and blackouts for nearly 200,000 customers traveling early Monday morning to the Northeast, where a thick layer of snow or more is expected in some places. The heaviest snowfall is expected during the night.
Jim Connolly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the storm is likely to move west of Washington, D.C. around midnight, then move north into Pennsylvania, northern New York state and Vermont, and made landfall in the province of Quebec on Monday night.
In the South, where several governors declared states of emergency, areas such as central Mississippi and central North Carolina received more than 9 inches of snow, while areas of central South Carolina received up to half an inch of ice. , said the National Weather Service.
“This storm is going to have a huge impact on travel, power outages and things of that nature,” said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the Weather Bureau.
Officials in the Northeast urged people to stay off the roads on Sunday night, warning that the storm was expected to bring up to a meter of snow in some areas, including the Appalachians and upstate New York, and nearly two meters in northwestern Pennsylvania.
In parts of the Northeast, snow could fall at a rate of 3 inches an hour on Sunday night, meteorologists said.
By Sunday night, the Washington area had recorded some snow, and more snow was on its way, with totals possibly reaching 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Areas of upstate New York, including Buffalo, are under a winter storm warning, with up to 20 inches of snow possible and “significant blowing and drifting snow,” according to the Weather Service.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said: “Overnight it will be very unpredictable. “And with darkness and ice on the road and high winds, this can be a very dangerous situation.”
Snow began to fall in Buffalo on Sunday night and the “widespread” accumulation will continue into tomorrow afternoon and into the early evening, according to Steven Welch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said the heaviest snowfall is expected overnight, from around 1am to dawn.
Welch said most of the southern shores of Lake Ontario and western Rochester will see up to a foot of snow, adding that the Niagara Frontier and the Buffalo area could see more than 20 inches of snow.
David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the New York City area saw some light snow Sunday night, but with temperatures expected to rise above the lows. freezing, significant snowfall will not occur.
“This is definitely an overall downpour for the New York City area,” Mr. Stark said, adding that gusts of up to 50 mph were more worrisome than snow or rain. .
Mr Connolly said a “gradual transition” from snow to a winter mix and then rain was expected overnight, Mr Connolly said, adding that the storm would ease tomorrow morning for the area. the subway.
Governor Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey said at a news conference that “things are going to be wet, windy and messy” when the storm hits the state on Sunday, with winds of up to 50 mph hitting the state Monday morning.
By early Sunday afternoon, the storm was affecting several Southern states.
In Georgia, about 27,000 customers were without power on Sunday night, according to PowerOutage.us, which aggregates data from utilities across the United States. South Carolina and North Carolina each have more than 40,000 customers without power.
More than a quarter of an inch of ice accumulated in the Piedmont areas of North and South Carolina on Sunday, said Frank Pereira, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned residents at a news conference Sunday to stay off the roads because parts of the state have received up to a foot of snow.
“For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or get stuck is to stay put,” he said.
As of Sunday morning, there were 200 reports of crashes as a result of the storm, said Colonel Freddy Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol.
“Commuting is very difficult across much of our state,” Colonel Johnson said.
Two 41-year-old South Carolina residents died in a car crash east of Raleigh, after driving down the street into a tree, Associated Press reported. They are presumed dead at the scene.
North Carolina officials said on Twitter that “many North Carolinians may be without electricity during extremely low temperatures” on Sunday. Cooper said some counties are opening warm shelters.
In Kentucky, part of Interstate 75 in Laurel County was temporarily closed southbound. Laurel County Fire Department said in a Facebook post that snow and icy conditions have caused a “major traffic contingency” and several agencies are working to help stranded motorists.
The storm system also generated two tornadoes in southwestern Florida on Sunday morning, the Weather Service said. There are no reports of deaths. local official said.
Richard Rude, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Tampa, said three people were treated for minor injuries, and the damage was extensive, including 108 mobile homes in three parks in the area. Iona McGregor of Fort Myers, Fla. Local officials say about 200 people have been displaced.
Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Tampa, Fla., said winter storm systems often cause “outbreaks of severe weather” in the South.
As the storm moves northeast on Sunday afternoon, it will stay inland, which means cities closer to the coast, from Washington to New York City and Boston, will mostly be, said Otto. subjected to heavy rain.
He said significant flooding is possible in parts of eastern Long Island and coastal New England on Sunday night and Monday morning.
As of Sunday evening, about 1,000 flights had been canceled in the affected states, according to FlightAware.comtrack delays and cancellations nationwide.
Meteorologists say elsewhere in southern, northeastern Georgia and the Carolinas will bear the brunt of Sunday’s freezing rain.
In Georgia, the Department of Public Safety reported several examples of motorists lose control on icy roads, and officials speak Road conditions will worsen during the day as strong winds hit the state, hampering efforts to clear highways.
Crew in South Carolina and Mississippi also worked on Sunday morning to clear the highway. Video Shares by state transportation departments show highways covered in snow and almost completely devoid of traffic.
On Friday, Governor Ralph S. Northam of Virginia and Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia joined Mr. Cooper in declaring a state of emergency.
Virginia transportation officials were caught off guard this month when a hurricane stuck hundreds of drivers on Interstate 95 south of Washington.
On Sunday night, the Virginia Department of Transportation said I-95 was in “moderate condition,” with partial snow and mud cover. Given the potential for slippage, the department advised travelers to stay away from the route on Sunday night.
Grace Ashford, Jesus Jimenez and Christine Chung contribution report.
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