- More than 60 million people are under winter weather alert in the United States.
- Several states have declared states of emergency due to severe weather.
- A winter storm will continued to hit states like Kentucky and Virginia on Saturday.
Severe weather warnings appear to be far from over in the United States. More than 60 million people are under some type of winter weather alert in the US as a fast-moving winter storm continues to batter southern parts of the country with snow, rain, frost and sleet.
The storm was expected to continue to hit northeastern Kentucky and Virginia adding 4 to 12 more inches of snow along the way as the system followed a path through the Appalachians to the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, reported WFXB FOX News.
Millions under winter weather alert
A winter storm covered parts of the south in snow, freezing rain and sleet on Thursday, blocking roads in Tennessee and Kentucky as the system followed a path through the Appalachians to the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. According to the National Weather Service, falling snow and poor visibility make things difficult for highway crews and advise people to “delay any trips until when the snow stops.”
Along the Kentucky border authorities in Montgomery County, Tennessee were dealing with dozens of crashes, including an accident that killed a person involving a commercial vehicle on Interstate 24, according to a Patrol spokesperson. of Tennessee Roads, Lt. Bill Miller.
They urge people not to travel
Nashville saw 6.3 inches of snow Thursday, breaking the city’s previous January 6 record of 4 inches that had stood since 1977, the National Weather Service said. Freezing rain and sleet covered areas around the Tennessee-Alabama state line, said Scott Unger, a meteorologist with the service in Nashville.
Authorities urged people to travel only when necessary, as the Nashville Metropolitan Police reported accidents and other driving problems that jammed and slowed down several roads. City police reported dozens of road accidents in the early afternoon. A series of crashes and other problems bogged down drivers on several interstate highways in the area.
“Real and Dangerous” Snow Causes Hundreds of Car Accidents
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear warned that the snow hitting his state was “real and dangerous,” with hundreds of car accidents across the state. Beshear declared a state of emergency and said it deployed teams from the Kentucky National Guard to assist in the response, particularly interstate road closures. Search and rescue teams were activated for safety checks of stranded drivers.
Beshear closed state offices at noon Thursday and then extended the closure until Friday. The heaviest snowfall for Thursday night was 8 to 9 inches from Elizabethtown to Bardstown and from Nicholasville to Lexington, said meteorologist Brian Schoettmer of the Louisville weather service office. Eastern Kentucky had 6 to 8 inches, and western Kentucky about 3 inches.
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