(CNN) – More than 14 million people are on winter storm watches and warnings Monday, as a powerful storm system sweeps through the eastern United States.
The federal government in Washington, DC is closed Monday and weather-related disruptions are being felt across the country. Several schools have canceled classes and the New York City Emergency Management Service issued a travel advisory for Monday morning.
Total snowfall of 4 to 8 inches is possible in the southern Appalachians, and areas of the central Atlantic could see snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches through Monday. Additionally, winter weather warnings are in place in interior parts of New England.
Meanwhile, severe storms and torrential rains are forecast for part of the southeast, where coastal flooding associated with the high tide could cause problems, and weather watches and warnings are being broadcast from Texas to Maine along the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast, as well as in the Pacific Northwest.
Winter conditions, coupled with disruptions from Covid-19, have also caused a headache for air travel. More than 2,700 flights in the United States were canceled on Sunday. More than 1,700 have already been canceled for Monday, and at least 500 more delayed, according to tracking service FlightAware.
Here is an overview of the latest developments.
New York City began salting the streets on Sunday evening in anticipation of 1 to 3 inches of snow during the morning commute, Mayor Eric Adams said.
Temperatures dropped into the 20’s overnight, which could lead to icing, New York’s senior deputy emergency management commissioner Christina Farrell added.
For those who travel, “go at a slower pace” and “don’t rush,” Adams said. “We are ready to weather the storm head on,” Adams said.
In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in five counties in anticipation of the storm, which is expected to bring heavy snowfall, gusty winds and coastal flooding to the southern state. .
New Jersey State Soldier Col. Pat Callahan said the 4 to 8 inches planned for the south “is of some concern to us, which is why we don’t take it lightly and want to make sure that everyone is prepared “.
State agents will have a delayed opening until 10 a.m., Murphy said.
Mid Atlantic and Southeast
Washington, DC, is on winter storm warning until mid-afternoon. Heavy, wet snow is expected with accumulations of 3-7 inches, along with wind gusts of up to 35 mph.
Dangerous travel conditions are expected for daily morning and evening commutes, and schools are closed in Washington and Baltimore.
Parts of North Carolina could experience severe storms, heavy rain, heavy snowfall, gusty winds, and coastal flooding. Governor Roy Cooper urged residents to stay abreast of local weather forecasts and prepare for expected conditions in the area.
“It’s important to stay informed of changing weather conditions and to have a way to receive weather alerts,” Cooper said. “A little preparation before inclement weather or winter arrives can help avoid inconvenience and emergencies later. “
Meanwhile, parts of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee have received overnight winter storm warnings, many of which will last until noon. Up to 5 inches of snow is possible at higher elevations.
The National Weather Service noted that “although the ground is relatively warm due to recent warm temperatures, snow is expected to fall at high rates and accumulate even on the roads.”
Snow is expected to ease from the west on Monday. Slippery roads and icy conditions could persist or recover until Tuesday morning.
Bad weather disrupted the electricity network in the south-east. Over 450,000 customers in Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina are without electricity, according to PowerOutage.US.
Parts of western Kentucky have experienced flooding as rivers continue to rise due to excessive rainfall runoff, according to the Weather Service.
“It will take several hours for all of the water from these storms to run through local drainage systems in urban areas,” the warning said. Between 2 and 4.5 inches of rain fell.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency on Saturday due to heavy rains, thunderstorms, tornadoes and high winds throughout the state, all following tornadoes earlier in the week.
In the Pacific Northwest, a new system will bring heavy snow and risk of movement at higher elevations through Monday.
“A slowly moving cold front will produce 1 to 2 feet of snow for the north of the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains on Sunday before focusing on the south of the Cascades on Monday, where 2 to 4 feet are likely,” the weather service said.
The system will also bring heavy rainfall to coasts and valleys where isolated areas could be exposed to flash floods. Strong winds were also expected in the area and strong wind alerts were issued.
“These strong winds can cause significant blowing snow from the dry powder snow that is currently on the ground. This can lead to significant reductions in visibility… especially over mountain passes and open terrain, ”the weather service warned.
This reduced visibility will certainly result in some dangerous travel across the region to start the week.
The weather remains relatively calm in the Midwest, but temperatures have been extremely cold, with parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas not having seen above zero temperatures since Friday.
Forecasts point to gradual warming and a risk of snow in the middle of the week, before temperatures drop again.
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