The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for Saturday that extended across a large portion of the United States normally safe from such weather. The watch extended from eastern Texas to southern Georgia. Parts of the northeast, meanwhile, breathed a sigh of relief as the storm avoided them and prevented another Christmas blizzard.
The Weather Service predicted that as much as an inch of ice and snow could fall on parts of the southeastern United States. Snow and high winds were a major concern and was expected to be hitting the southeast hard by Sunday afternoon. Meteorologists were saying that a severe ice storm was likely by Sunday night.
Parts of Louisiana are set to get up to an inch of ice. Other states neighboring Louisiana might end up with a quarter to half-an-inch of ice. The risk was that the ice will coat power lines, increasing the risk for power outages throughout the watch area. Roadways and bridges will also likely be coated in ice, which may make driving particularly risky.
Some parts were also being targeted for significant snowfall. States such as Alabama could end up with 6 inches of snow. Warnings for travelers were issued that conditions could deteriorate very quickly for anyone on roads and trying to get from one place to the other. The snow and ice may still be falling by the time the Monday morning commute comes around.
Major airports in the region were already bracing for travel delays, flight cancellations and large numbers of stranded travelers. Advisories for those flying to check with their airline before heading to the airport have already been issued. So far, no major airlines had any cancellations within the region.