- Crews are preparing equipment and pre-treating pavement in several areas.
- Southwest Airlines has issued a travel advisory for some airports in the Midwest.
- The storm will bring snow, ice and cold to a large swath of the United States
Road crews pre-treat highways and other major arteries, airlines warn of travel delays and shoppers stock up as a winter storm threatens to bring snow, ice, wind and temperatures Freezing temperatures across a wide swath of the United States over the upcoming holiday weekend.
Southwest Airlines issued a recommendations for travelers for Friday and Saturday in parts of the Midwest and said it would waive change fees for flights to, from or through airports in Des Moines, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Omaha and St. Louis.
The storm was named Izzy by The Weather Channel.
(PROVIDE: Winter Storm Izzy will spread snow and ice damage from the Midwest south and east through MLK weekend)
Kansas City snowplow map showed active crews in several city streets on Thursday. Some schools in the area closed on Thursday and Friday, but this was due to COVID-19 issues.
“This fast-paced winter storm will plunge southeast from the Dakotas to the Ozarks Friday through Saturday morning with a quick snow blow. A narrow area of 5-10″ of snow is expected from the eastern Dakotas to northern Missouri” , said the weather forecaster, .com meteorologist Jonathan Belles said Thursday evening.
Then, the storm will tumble in the southeast.
“It will mean snow for some and ice for others, and for parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, it means a rapid change in conditions from snow to ice and maybe back again,” he said. said Belles. “Saturday and Sunday will be unpleasant to drive in some of these places, but the latter part of the holiday weekend on Monday will bring drier and warmer weather. Be prepared for poor road conditions and the possibility of losing steam. ‘Electricity from Northern Georgia to the Interior Carolinas.’
The Georgia Department of Transportation has over 50,000 tons of salt and approximately 46,000 tons of gravel, as well as 407 snow removal dump trucks.
“Winter weather is expected in North Georgia and the Atlanta metro area this weekend. GDOT is preparing brine operations, equipment, materials and personnel to respond to the threat,” the agency said in a tweet. “We will continue to monitor conditions as the storm evolves.”
A GDOT official told The Weather Channel on Thursday that people in affected areas should stay home and avoid travel.
In Richmond, Virginia, area teams were to prepare equipment and pretreatment of highways and other major roads on Thursday.
(FOLLOWING: Five things to know about snow and ice in the South)
Snow, possibly mixed with sleet and freezing rain, will also spread across the mid-Atlantic states on Sunday, then across much of the rest of the Northeast on Sunday evening.
As shoppers stocked up on the usual bread, milk and other goods, an expert warned the storm could impact the already strained US supply chain.
“From an impact perspective, with this type of weather scenario, it would only take an accident or two for major freeway closures to occur,” said Francisco Alvarez, chief meteorologist for Convoy Trucking Network. , to weather.com in an email Thursday.
Alvarez cited freeways in the Midwest as a major concern, for example
“Basically, if you could box Omaha, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Des Moines, that would be the most dangerous travel zone for truckers,” he said.
All drivers should be aware of the areas through which the storm passes.
Here are some driving safety tips and other winter storm tips issued in advance by the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management before the storm:
-Avoid unnecessary travel to affected areas. If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is in good working order, your cell phone is charged, and extra blankets and snacks are packed in case you are late.
-If you lose power, know how to report the outage to your utility company and have other safe ways to stay warm.
-Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold and prevent freezing, which causes pipes to burst.
-If you have a fire pit, have plenty of dry, dry wood.
-Winter is the most active season for house fires. Keep fire extinguishers handy and make sure your family knows how to use them.
-Practice proper carbon monoxide safety: vent kerosene heaters, do not burn charcoal indoors, and keep portable generators outdoors, away from windows and doors.
-Have a stock of batteries.
-Keep pets and pets in a warm place with access to food and water.
-Check in on anyone who might need extra help during the winter.
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