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75 million Americans on winter storm warning, freezing temperatures

About 75 million Americans in 33 states, from the Dakotas to Georgia to Maine, are on alert from Saturday to Monday for a major winter storm and frigid temperatures.

At least 11 winter weather warnings and advisories are in effect, including wind chill advice for much of the Northeast, where chill winds – which feel like temperatures – dip to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit early Saturday.

A winter storm warning is also in effect from Arkansas to Pennsylvania for a much-anticipated winter storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow across North Dakota and Iowa.

As the storm moves southeast toward mid-Mississippi from Saturday through Sunday, and then northeast through Sunday through Monday, more snow, ice and rain are expected.

Three to six inches of snow is possible in parts of the South, with Atlanta likely to see its first measurable snowfall in four years. 6 to 18 inches of snow is possible in the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Northeast hinterland through New England is expected to see 6 to 18 inches of snow. Coastal areas in the Northeast, including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, could see up to 3 inches of snow, though that could be washed away as the snow turns to rain early Tuesday Two.

FlightAware reported more than 1,600 US flights canceled on Sunday, including 1,000 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina – more than 80% of the airport’s flights that day. Other affected airports include Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Dangerous road conditions, as well as power outages, are expected throughout the holiday weekend. Interstate 95 is likely to experience rain, snow and ice Sunday through Monday.

Four states – Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia – declare a state of emergency The Friday before the storm, while West Virginia declared a statewide “state of readiness”.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged residents to collect essentials Saturday and stay off the roads Sunday and Monday as “significant impacts” are expected across the state. .

“This storm is a threat,” the governor said at a news conference Saturday. “Lots of snow is expected in the mountains and foothills. And in central North Carolina, freezing rain and hail topped with some snow will fall. The eastern part of our state is expected.” There will be heavy rain and flash floods, plus high winds and gusty winds.”

To prepare, 10,000 workers from Duke Energy are being activated to help restore strength. The company estimated that 750,000 customers in North and South Carolina could lose power due to the storm and warned customers on Saturday to “prepare for possible multi-day power outages.”

The state has also activated 200 National Guard members to support transportation needs in the western and central counties.

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette said more than 1,200 state Department of Transportation employees and contractors have sprinkled 2.5 million gallons of salt water on roads since Thursday and prepared more than 400 trucks. ready to respond after the storm makes landfall.

Boyette warned of potential delays in response times due to the statewide effects of the storm, as well as labor shortages caused by the storm. COVID-19.

“Travel can be greatly affected for a few days after the storm,” he said, urging people to stay off the roads. “We will do everything we can to reopen the roads as quickly as possible.”

In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp said agencies are prepared to mobilize and deploy resources as needed in the state, as well as assist neighboring states if needed.

Atlanta is also gearing up for snow, with Mayor Andre Dickens telling Elwyn Lopez of “Good Morning America”: “We have 40 units ready to go. We have 300 employees. Gallons and gallons of salt water.” . So we’re trying to stay ahead of it.”

ABC News’ Hilda Estevez, Melissa Griffin and Mina Kaji contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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