An active MLK holiday weekend, as a major winter storm sweeps up the Eastern U.S. Latest details call for heavy snow and ice, depending on where you ski.
(Forecast info last updated Saturday afternoon, Jan. 15)
A major winter storm will begin tonight, creating significant winter weather impacts to the eastern third of the country. More than 1/4" of ice is likely in the Piedmont of the Carolinas, with more than 1 foot of snow possible from the Appalachians into Upstate New York. pic.twitter.com/UyhfL82xN8— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) January 15, 2022
As of Saturday afternoon, our winter storm is making a sharp turn through the mid-south and will "hang a left" late Saturday night into Sunday and bring heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the southeast through Sunday. The storm center then tracks to the northeast, taking an inland track, which means warmer/rainier to the east of the center, and cold/snow to the west. We gave you an early heads up on this storm in this week's SnoCast.
As of midday Saturday, winter weather alerts continue to quickly expanding from the National Weather Service, including winter storm warnings from northeast Georgia all the way to western New York. Check weather.gov as alerts continue to expand through the day.
This isn't just a mountain event, though. Heavy snow and ice will fall in both lowlands and up and down the Appalachians, making travel to the mountains extremely difficult or impossible. If you're going, get to the mountains early to beat the storm.
In the southeast, the National Weather Service forecasts call for generally 3-8" of snow, plus as much as a quarter- to half-inch of ice from northeast Georgia to the Piedmont of the Carolinas, and northward to northern Virginia and the DC capital area. Locally over 8" of snow may fall in parts of the southern Appalachians. Most ice accumulation stays out of the southeast mountains, but this is super important info for travel impacts.
As the storm works to the northeast later Sunday through Monday (MLK Day, Jan. 17), the heaviest snow is expected to fall over the interior northeast, including western Pennsylvania, western New York, and the higher terrain of northern New England. Snow totals will mostly range from 6-12", with localize heavy banding producing over a foot of snow in western New York. Lingering snow Monday night as winds shift from the west will bring an additional boost over the peaks of New England, with the chance some nudge over a foot in total.
Winds will be fairly strong, and may cause some wind delays at the highest mountains in the Adirondacks and New England at the height of the storm Monday. Be aware winds will shift direction, but may be as strong as 20-30 mph with higher gusts at some ski areas in southern Vermont Monday. Watch for wind holds on chairs, and bundle up!
You can monitor the latest forecast on the National Weather Service website at weather.gov. Be extra careful traveling, and have a blast on the slopes!