Initially ice will form on bridges, but all roads have potential to become icy, especially where heavier sleet, snow or freezing rain falls. Freezing rain will slowly change to rain Sunday morning as temperatures warm above freezing. Reuters is reporting that police from Oklahoma and Arkansas began reporting scores of accidents on Friday as the storm moved in and by Friday evening, the governors of most Southern states had issued emergency declarations ahead of the storm.
Snow is likely to develop over the region from south to north during the pre-dawn hours on Saturday.
At midnight, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for Somerset and Hunterdon counties, which continued on as of 11 a.m. Saturday morning.
Burlington and Roxboro in central North Carolina received 8 inches or more of snow. Temperatures are expected to drop into the low teens Sunday morning and into single digits Monday morning.
"Motorists are advised to reduce speed and use caution due to possible winter driving conditions on the roadways", the alert said on the department's website, written in all caps.
All day Thursday, people have been calling "asking if we have sleds, ice melt and snow shovels", he told the station.
Light to moderate snow could extend from central Alabama to southeastern Virginia late Friday into early Saturday, the federal government's Weather Prediction Center said in an advisory Thursday.
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Several airlines are also making accommodations, since the world's most traveled airport is expected to be affected this weekend by the winter weather.
Our more reliable weather models, the GFS and the EURO are in agreement that this developing winter storm skims the coast with modest amounts.
Atlanta has officially gone almost three years without a snow event of 1 inch or greater. His vehicle hit a patch of ice, lost control and crashed on Interstate 75 just after 7 a.m. Saturday morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The storm will reportedly intensify in Southern states by Friday night with heavy snowfall expected in northern Georgia, upstate South Carolina, North Carolina and southern Virginia. Total daytime sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
The unpredictable storm left some areas with much different outcomes than neighboring counties.
Expect multiple periods of accumulating snowfall across lower elevations.