A HUGE winter storm is expected to hit the country this weekend, with severe weather warnings issued in parts of the United States and power outages expected.

“Be prepared, a major snowstorm is coming,” warned AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

The storm, named Izzy by The Weather Channel, is expected to affect tens of millions of people over the next few days with intense ice, snow, wind and rain.

There will be “big travel headaches” from North Dakota to northern Georgia and all the way to Maine, according to The Weather Channel.

AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter said forecast ice could contribute to power outages and damage to trees.

Duke Energy estimated that 750,000 customers could lose power in the Carolinas, and the company is encouraging customers to prepare now.

Atlanta is in the path of the storm, which could end the city’s nearly four-year streak without measurable snow.

The storm will end after passing through the central Atlantic and northeast on Sunday and Monday.

Heavy snowfall is forecast for the northeast region with up to 18 inches by late Monday.

Read our live blog on Snowstorm Izzy for the latest news and updates…

  • Tobogganing in Arizona

    An Arizona grandparent shared a video of his grandchildren sledding this morning, after Snow Storm Izzy dumped snow in the state.

  • The Great Blizzard of 1888

    Dubbed one of the most devastating storms in US history, the Great Blizzard of 1888 killed more than 400 people.

    New York received 22 inches of snow, with other areas receiving 40 to 50 inches.

    There was $20 million in reported damage.

  • What is a winter weather alert?

    A winter weather warning indicates that a storm is more than likely in your area and you should act immediately.

    Expect dangerous conditions and try to avoid travel.

  • What is a winter weather watch?

    A winter weather watch indicates that there is a risk of extreme winter weather.

    If a winter weather watch is issued, be prepared for hazardous weather conditions.

  • What is a winter weather advisory?

    A winter weather advisory is an indication that winter weather conditions are likely.

    However, the expected conditions are not severe enough to warrant a warning.

  • Duke Energy estimates 750,000 people could lose power

    Duke Energy estimated that Snowstorm Izzy could cause power outages for 750,000 of its customers.

    The company encourages its customers to be prepared for possible prolonged shutdowns.

    Duke Energy said it has more than 10,000 repairers ready to respond as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • Atlanta prepares for snow

    Meteorologist Chris Bruin tweeted a photo of the skies above Atlanta, as the city expects snow this weekend.

  • Arizona sees an inch and a half

    About an inch and a half of snow was reported in Springdale, Arizona at this time.

  • Iowa gets nearly 10 inches

    The Weather Channel published a report that in Des Moines, Iowa, nearly 10 inches of snow accumulated.

    The storm is then expected to hit southern states.

  • Travel might be difficult

    The fast-moving storm could make it difficult to travel through parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest in the central Mississippi Valley through Saturday morning, forecasters said.

    Several southern states as well as parts of the northeast were bracing for the possibility of snow and ice over the weekend.

  • Images of the storm

    Snowstorm Izzy made its way to Iowa last night as the images below show snow piling up the streets.

  • The Midwest could see flight cancellations

    In the Midwest, Southwest Airlines warned of possible flight cancellations, diversions and delays Friday and Saturday at some airports, The Associated Press reported.

    Airports in St Louis, the Twin Cities, Kansas, Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska could be affected.

    “Snowfall duration is likely to be 14 to 20 hours in most locations, which should allow for widespread accumulations of more than 4 inches and some locations exceeding 8 inches or more,” the weather service said. from Des Moines.

  • Some cities see snow

    A Twitter user posted a photo of what it looked like in Ankeny, Iowa on Friday night.

  • Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa snow totals

    Six to 12 inches of snow is expected from eastern Dakota to western Minnesota and Iowa, AccuWeather reported.

    Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City are all in the winter storm’s path.

    Through early Saturday, difficult driving conditions are expected throughout this region.

  • Winter storm Izzy could hit the south

    Winter storm Izzy is expected to hit some southern states.

    A winter storm watch has already been issued for areas of South Carolina, North Carolina and extreme northeast Georgia due to expected snow and ice from the approaching storm in big steps.

    AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter said the forecast ice could contribute to power outages and damage to trees in the area.

    Atlanta is in the path of the storm, which could end the city’s nearly four-year streak without measurable snow.

  • State of emergency in Virginia

    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Friday ahead of a storm that is expected to bring snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain to much of the state this weekend .

    “We expect this storm to have a significant impact on many areas of Virginia,” Governor Northam said.

    “Declaring a state of emergency now allows our emergency responders to prepare and move supplies and equipment to where they expect to need it most. It also gives Governor-elect Youngkin the ability to quickly respond to any storm needs. I urge Virginians to take this storm seriously and prepare now.

  • ‘U-track’

    The Weather Channel has warned of the unique path Winter Storm Izzy could take this weekend.

    “With much more widespread cold air and an active jet stream plunging south across the eastern two-thirds of the country in the depths of winter, the stage is set for this winter storm to take a U of the Northern Plains in New England this weekend through Monday,” the outlet reported.

  • Names of winter storms

    Here are the names Weather Channel has chosen for winter storms for the 2021 to 2022 season:

    • Penthouse
    • bankston
    • Carrie
    • Delphine
    • Elmer
    • Frida
    • Garrett
    • Hatchery
    • Izzy
    • Jasper
    • Kenan
    • Land on
    • Miles
    • Nancy
    • Oaklee
    • Phillis
    • Quinlan
    • Rachel
    • Silas
    • tad
    • Bailiff
    • Vega
    • willow
    • xandy
    • Yeager
    • If we
  • Prepare for power outages

    The Weather Channel shared a video on Twitter to help people prepare for possible power outages due to the storm.

    “Have a plan in place for power outages this weekend,” the outlet shared. “Here’s how to prepare for #Izzy.”

  • Who names snowstorms?

    The Weather Channel names snowstorms.

    The outlet noted that the 2021-22 season is the 10th season The Weather Channel will name winter storms.

  • The streak without snow could end

    Atlanta, Georgia is in the storm’s path.

    If it hits there, it could end the city’s nearly four-year streak without measurable snow.

  • Where will the storm hit?

    The Midwest, South and Northeast could all be affected, the Weather Channel reported.

    The site said it expected major travel disruptions in the northeast from Sunday evening through Monday, including flight cancellations.

  • When is the storm expected?

    The storm will hit parts of the country this weekend.

    On Friday, snow will spread southeastward during the day from the northern plains into parts of Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

    The storm is expected to move south on Saturday and a mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain are expected to develop from northeast Georgia to northern South Carolina, North Carolina and southwest Virginia that night.

    Snow is likely Sunday from Kentucky and Tennessee through Appalachia and Monday, “Heavy, wind-driven snow is likely across much of the Northeastern Interior, parts of West Virginia , from western and central Pennsylvania and New York State to New England,” the Weather Channel reported.

  • Safety Tips, continued

    Have a stock of batteries.

    If you lose power, know how to report the outage to your power company.

    Keep pets in a warm place with access to food and water.

  • Safety tips

    The South Carolina Department of Emergency Management shared some driving safety tips and winter storm tips ahead of Izzy’s arrival:

    Avoid unnecessary travel to affected areas.

    If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is running smoothly, your cell phone is fully charged, and extra blankets and snacks are packed in case you are late.