A winter storm will unload snow ahead of a freeze-up that will threaten to immobilize part of the southern United States this weekend.
During Friday and Saturday, the storm will ride the edge of arctic air that recently invaded much of the nation, including the interior South.
Major disruptions to travel and daily activities are anticipated with this storm due to heavy snow accumulation expected in some areas. Icy roads and sidewalks in other areas will also lead to major slowdowns this weekend and perhaps into early next week.
Slippery runways and deicing activities will likely put airlines behind schedule.
Airline passengers should expect lengthy flight delays and a number of cancellations, including in the major southern hubs of Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. Displaced aircraft and crews could cause ripple-effect delays and flight changes elsewhere in the nation.
The storm will begin as snow showers over part of the lower Mississippi Valley on Friday.
Portions of southern Arkansas, southwestern Tennessee, northern Louisiana and northern Mississippi can receive enough snow to coat the ground and cause icy patches on roads and sidewalks.
Snow will begin to ramp up over portions of central and northern Alabama and southeastern Tennessee to the point where a coating to an inch of snow can occur with more widespread slippery conditions.
Farther east, the storm will strengthen enough to produce a swath of accumulating snow from northern Georgia to the coasts of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
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Source: Fox News