A major winter storm is predicted to move across southern states beginning Friday, December 7, and lasting until Monday, December 10. The storm is forecast to bring freezing rain, ice, and snow to large parts of the US, from New Mexico to North Carolina and Virginia, roughly along the Interstate-40 corridor. Up to 15 cm (6 in) of snow is possible in the southern Plains and up to 45 cm (18 in) of snow could fall in the western portions of North Carolina and Virginia. Dangerous driving conditions and power outages are possible in all affected areas.
Winter precipitation is predicted to begin Friday with freezing rain in New Mexico, the Texas panhandle, and Oklahoma before transitioning to snow by Saturday, December 8. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain is also expected in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas beginning Friday evening (local time). The storm will continue to move east, bringing rain and mixed precipitation to Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia on Saturday until Monday, December 10.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, maintain flexible travel itineraries, avoid unnecessary driving, and anticipate flight delays and cancelations, dangerous driving conditions, and power outages.
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