The storm is because of dive into the decrease Mississippi Valley area by Friday evening, then meander Saturday throughout the Southeast earlier than heading north Sunday and Monday alongside the Eastern Seaboard.
Here’s how leaders of some states alongside its path are preparing for the winter blast:
During a media briefing Friday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp mentioned the state was deploying assets to guard residents in opposition to extreme climate and, if wanted, to additionally help neighboring states.
Kemp urged Georgians to be “weather aware” this weekend, including, “you can help us minimize risks, reduce the time it takes to recover and most importantly keep everyone safe.”
Pretreatment of roads started Friday morning and can take about 18 hours to finish, Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry mentioned Friday. Interstates shall be double-treated.
When pretreatment stops, plowing and spreading of salt and gravel will start. Roughly 19,500 miles of roadway should be handled and plowed, McMurry mentioned.
A day earlier, he warned the state expects to see downed bushes, limbs and energy strains, and urged motorists to “take this storm very seriously and stay off the roads.”
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty with the level of this storm, but it is pretty clear that we are going to experience a significant weather event in some parts of Georgia over the weekend,” mentioned James Stallings, the director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.
Residents had been urged to remain off roads to permit crews to work safely, Transportation Secretary Christy Hall mentioned in the assertion. “The safest solution is for drivers to stay off the roads if at all possible. If you must drive, slow down and watch for crews performing deicing and plowing operations,” Hall mentioned.
Labor shortages in North Carolina portend longer response occasions for clearing roads as the winter storm bears down, the state Department of Transportation mentioned Friday.
“This storm will bring significant impacts from snow, sleet and freezing rain in different parts of the state, with likely power outages and travel disruptions,” Cooper mentioned in an announcement.
“North Carolinians should pay close attention to their local weather forecast over the next few days, and make sure they are personally prepared before Saturday afternoon.”
“Declaring a state of emergency now allows our emergency responders to prepare, and to move supplies and equipment where they expect to need them the most,” he mentioned. “This also gives Governor-elect Youngkin the ability to respond to any storm needs swiftly.”
“I urge Virginians to take this storm seriously and make preparations now.”
The state emergency administration company “monitors for any events that may threaten the citizens of West Virginia, including severe weather threats. We’re prepared at all times to respond should there be an emergency,” its director, G.E. McCabe, mentioned in the assertion.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont directed his state to “severe cold weather protocol” beginning at midday ET Friday via Wednesday — his second such act this yr.
NCS’s Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.