U.S. Weather: Storm Izzy Path Hits the East as 25 Million Under Winter Weather Alerts

Storm Izzy hit the country's eastern regions on Monday, after sweeping through the Southeast, bringing severe winter weather.

The National Weather Service (NWS) warned on Monday that "significant impacts due to snow, ice, wind, and coastal flooding" are expected to persist across a large area.

Yet another round of "impactful winter weather" is forecast for both regions this weekend, according to the NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC).

According to a tweet Monday by The Weather Channel: "Nearly 25 million people are under winter weather alerts with nearly 17 million under a Winter Storm Warning."

The channel also reported two people were killed in a car crash on Interstate 95 in North Carolina.

The accident took place southwest of Rocky Mount in Nash County, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, according to local television station WBTW-TV.

Up to 22.5 inches of snowfall was reported in Ohio (in Harpersfield), 22 inches in New York State (in Grand Island) and 20 inches in North Carolina (in Banner Elk) by 10 a.m. local time on Monday, according to a January 17 tweet by the NWS.

There were reported to be at least 158,000 people without power due to Izzy and the figure "may rise as the storm persists," according to a Monday Facebook post by The Weather Channel.

At the time of reporting on January 18, the states reporting the most power outages include West Virginia (over 8,300 outages), Kentucky (over 6,700), North Carolina (over 5,600), Georgia (over 4,300) and South Carolina (over 2,300), according to PowerOutage.US.

Storm Izzy has caused travel chaos, with at least 1,200 U.S. flights canceled early on Monday. At the time of reporting, there were at least 182 flight cancellations within, into or out of the U.S., according to FlightAware, a flight tracking data provider.

Among the major cancellations were 27 American Airlines flights, 20 United, 15 Southwest as well as five Delta and five Jetblue flights, according to data from FlightAware.

More cold and wintry weather is expected this weekend, the WPC said.

An area of low pressure is likely to form in the Southeast on Friday before moving along the coast through the weekend, with precipitation spreading northward. This is expected to bring "significant snow, sleet and freezing rain," the national weather body warned.

"A fair amount of uncertainty remains with the forecast, so stay tuned for updates this week," the WPC said.

The eastern half of the country is expected to see "much below normal temperatures" later this week. Minimum temperatures are forecast to drop as low as -10 to -20 degrees from northeast Montana and North Dakota through much of Minnesota and into Wisconsin as well as Iowa, with locally colder spots, according to the WPC's report on January 17.

"By Friday morning, Arctic air arrives in the Northeast with subzero lows for much of northern New England and Upstate New York," the WPC report said.

A snow covered street in South Carolina.
A Department of Transportation truck being driven down a snowy street on January 16, 2022, in Greenville, South Carolina, where more than four inches of snow from Storm Izzy had fallen. Sean Rayford/Getty Images