Winter Storm Izzy Forecast as Heavy Snow, Freezing Temperatures Set to Hit U.S.

Winter storms, with snow, ice, wind and rain, are expected to hit several U.S. states across the Midwest, the East Coast and the South over the weekend, including in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued several warnings on Friday, flagging storms and sub-zero temperatures across Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

AccuWeather, which named the massive storm Izzy, said it will probably cause "major travel headaches" from North Dakota down to northern Georgia and up to Maine. The NWS also warned that travel would be disrupted across vast swathes of the country.

The Midwest will be the first part of the United States to see snow on Friday, with the NWS issuing weather warnings for that state. AccuWeather said that 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected to fall on the eastern Dakotas to western Minnesota and Iowa.

The NWS said on its website: "A fast-moving winter storm will bring heavy, accumulating snow which may combine with gusty winds to produce hazardous travel across parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest into the Mid-Mississippi Valley through Saturday morning.

"This storm will spread wintry precipitation from the Southeast into the Northeast U.S. this weekend into early next week."

NWS Atlanta tweeted: "Overnight, our forecast has not changed much. The only addition to our winter storm watch was Pickens County. Significant impacts still expected across northeast GA Saturday night into Sunday, with impacts still possible across the rest of north and northwestern GA."

The NWS Raleigh, North Carolina, tweeted on Friday: "We have issued our Winter Storm Watch for this weekend's storm. Our watch is valid from midnight on Sunday to midnight on Monday. All locations will have at least some snow, sleet and freezing rain, with the highest snow totals northwest of I-85."

NWS Nashville meanwhile warned of a winter storm for all of Middle Tennessee on Saturday night and Sunday.

"Significant snow accumulations will make travel very difficult, maybe impossible in some areas. Average amounts 3-6 inches, some more, some less. Get ready y'all!," the weather service tweeted.

A weather warning by the NWS in Binghamton, New York, warned of wind chills that could fall as low as -20°C. Affected counties include Pennsylvania, Bradford, Susquehanna and Wyoming. In New York, Yates, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga and Broome counties. The warning also said there could be pipes freezing as a result of the harsh weather.

NWS Binghamton urged people to wear gloves and hats when traveling outside in the cold.

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The frozen Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Bryant Park is pictured during a winter storm in New York City on February 1, 2021. A powerful winter storm is set to visit New York, the Midwest, the East Coast and the South over the weekend. Timothy A. Clary/Getty