“Get ready, a major snowstorm is coming,” warned AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno.
The storm, named Izzy by The Weather Channel, is predicted to affect tens of millions of people over the next few days with intense ice, snow, wind, and rain.
There will be “major travel headaches” from North Dakota all the way down to northern Georgia and sprawling back up to Maine, says The Weather Channel.
AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jonathan Porter said that the anticipated ice could contribute to power outages and tree damage.
Atlanta is in the path of the storm, which might end the city’s almost four-year streak without measurable snow.
The storm will end after a stint in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Sunday and into Monday.
Heavy snow is forecast in the Northeast region with up to 18 inches by late Monday.
Midwest could see flight cancelations
In the Midwest, Southwest Airlines warned of possible flight cancellations, diversions, and delays on both Friday and Saturday at some airports, the Associated Press reported.
Airports in St Louis, the Twin Cities, Kansas, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska, could be affected.
“The duration of snowfall is likely to be from 14 to 20 hours in most locations which should allow for widespread accumulation of over 4 inches and some locations exceeding 8 or more inches,” the weather service in Des Moines said.