Florida, Georgia and South Carolina brace for snow and ice

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new storm is making its way to the Southeast this week, likely dumping rain, sleet and some snow before moving North. Meanwhile, the Northeast is bracing for another brutal Arctic invasion.

It’s feeling like winter across the South, with hard freeze warnings in effect from Texas to Florida.

Ice has already formed on fountains in some southern cities, including Savannah, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

There’s a winter storm warning for northern Florida and southern Georgia, where a dangerous mix of snow and ice are in the forecast for Wednesday morning.

Residents of cities including Tallahassee, Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia, may see up to 1 inch of snow on the roadways during the Wednesday morning commute.

Through Wednesday the low pressure will ride up the East Coast, bringing a wintry mix of snow and ice to South Carolina and North Carolina.

The Carolinas and Georgia may see 1 to 3 inches of snow.

In Savannah, public schools will be closed Wednesday as the city braces for the freezing rain and snow.

In Charleston, both the College of Charleston and Charleston County School District schools will be closed on Wednesday.

The storm will strengthen as it moves north overnight Wednesday. By Thursday morning there will be heavy snow across the Mid-Atlantic coast, including Philadelphia and the New Jersey shore.

The Mid-Atlantic is forecast to have about 3 to 6 inches of snow, with lower amounts inland and higher amounts near the coast.

The snow will continue north Thursday. Long Island and New England — especially Maine — may get over 6 inches of snow.

Another Arctic outbreak is also expected for the eastern United States. On Friday morning wind chills could drop as low as minus 30 from the Midwest to the Northeast.  

The coldest morning for the Northeast will likely be Saturday, with wind chills near minus 50 degrees in northern New York and wind chills well below zero for the Interstate-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston.

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