Winter Storm Izzy: Hundreds of flights canceled, several states declare emergencies | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel
- Flights are canceled at Charlotte, Atlanta and other airports in the storm’s path.
- Airlines waive change fees.
- Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas declared emergencies ahead of the storm.
Hundreds of flights are canceled, roads have been covered in snow and ice, and several states have declared emergencies as a winter storm moves across a wide swath of the country over this holiday weekend.
The storm, named Izzy by The Weather Channel, is responsible for several vehicular accidents and has led to the opening of warming centers in some cities and the postponement of some Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.
Here’s a look at the effects – and preparations for – Izzy so far:
What Izzy Brought and Where the Storm is Heading
The sprawling storm will produce major headaches when traveling from Arkansas through northern Georgia and down to Maine.
Parts of northern North Dakota and western Minnesota picked up 8 to 12 inches of snow. A few centimeters of snow blanketed parts of the Twin Cities.
Snow fell at the rate of 1 inch per hour Friday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa, which ended with more than 14 inches of snow Saturday morning. Izzy is the biggest snowstorm in Des Moines since 1971.
Much of Missouri and northern Arkansas picked up at least 3 inches of snow Saturday afternoon, with some places seeing more than 6 inches. Snowflakes were also spotted in Oklahoma City and Dallas.
Check out our full forecast here and click here for maps, radar and everything you need to track the storm.
Hundreds of flights canceled
As of Saturday evening, more than 1,000 flights had been canceled Sunday at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, according to the airline’s Flight Aware tracker. More than 260 Sunday flights have so far been canceled in Atlanta and more than 150 at Reagan National in the DC area.
American, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue and Spirit airlines have all issued travel advisories and waived change fees at those airports and dozens of other airports on Izzy’s route.
Other major cities affected are Baltimore, Boston, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.
Some Atlanta-area holiday events postponed
Officials in Gwinnet County, Georgia, said some day of service projects — community volunteer events to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day — are underway postponed or postponed. They advised attendees to check the event listings on the county’s website for the latest updates.
Power outages are a major concern
Typically, once ice accumulations reach about a quarter inch, which is expected in many areas, the weight of ice on tree limbs and power lines can cause them to sag or snap, resulting in increased tree damage and potency. breakdowns.
The storm will also generate strong winds in the same area where ice accumulation is expected.
The strength of these winds will add stress on ice-laden trees and power lines, resulting in more downed trees and power outages than would otherwise occur with much lighter winds.
Click here to read the full story on Izzy’s ice and blackout threat.
Iowa State Patrol responds to multiple crashes
The Iowa State Police handled more than 100 accidents and 325 service calls over a 24-hour period ending Saturday morning. No fatalities were reported, but at least two of those crashes involved police vehicles that were hit while responding to calls.
Emergency declarations issued in southern states
The governors of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina all issued emergency declarations on Friday. All advised residents to prepare before the storm sets in.
“This storm will bring significant impacts of snow, sleet and freezing rain to various parts of the state, with likely power outages and travel disruptions,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. , in a press release. “North Carolina residents should pay close attention to their local weather forecasts over the next few days and ensure they are personally prepared before Saturday afternoon.”
West Virginia in “readiness”
Governor Jim Justice has placed the state on high alert to prepare for winter. This decision signals the State Emergency Operations Center and related agencies to be ready to deploy personnel and resources in the event of an emergency.
Iowa interstates closed
Part of Interstate 80 was closed Saturday. A portion of I-35 was closed Friday around 12:30 p.m. CST due to a sideways truck blocking both lanes. The road reopened about an hour later. Travelers should check 511 for current road conditions.
Schools closed in some areas on Friday
Des Moines Public Schools classes canceled Friday. Several other school districts in central Iowa also closed the school or announced early layoffs.
Drivers had to deal with fast commutes
More … than 200 plows were on Iowa roads Friday morning and operations continued throughout the day and evening, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation road condition map.
The roads were already slippery early in the morning and the Iowa State Patrol asked motorists in affected areas to stay at home if possible.
Kansas City snowplow map was too busy
The Kansas City snowplow map showed teams active on city streets Friday night. Some schools in the area closed on Thursday and Friday, but this was due to COVID-19 issues.
Georgia, one of many states preparing the roads
The Georgia Department of Transportation has over 50,000 tons of salt and approximately 46,000 tons of gravel, as well as 407 snow removal dump trucks.
“Winter weather is expected in North Georgia and the Atlanta metro area this weekend. GDOT is preparing brine operations, equipment, materials and personnel to respond to the threat,” the agency said in a tweet. “We will continue to monitor conditions as the storm evolves.”
A GDOT official told The Weather Channel on Thursday that people in affected areas should stay home and avoid travel.
Here are five things to know about snow and ice in the South.
Shoppers face shortages that could get worse
As shoppers stocked up on the usual bread, milk and other goods, an expert warned the storm could impact the already strained US supply chain.
“From an impact perspective, with this type of weather scenario, it would only take an accident or two for major freeway closures to occur,” said Francisco Alvarez, chief meteorologist for Convoy Trucking Network. , to weather.com in an email Thursday.
Alvarez cited freeways in the Midwest as a top concern, for example.
“Basically, if you could box Omaha, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Des Moines, that would be the most dangerous travel zone for truckers,” he said.
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