The National Weather Service (NWS) issued an advisory at 02:36 (EST time) on Wednesday, February 5, forecasting a powerful winter storm that will impact the central Gulf Coast to the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic region through Friday, February 7. The NWS expects 5-10 cm (2-4 in) of rainfall from the Florida Panhandle to New Jersey state through Friday morning, with isolated totals of 10-15 cm (4-6 in) possible in certain areas. Excessive rainfall and severe thunderstorms are also possible in western North Carolina state and southern Virginia state, with an increased potential for flooding. The NWS also warned of heavy snow and ice in some areas, notably in northwestern Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri states.
Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are possible in areas forecast to be affected by the storm system over the coming days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, prepare for winter weather, and anticipate transportation disruptions, including flight delays and adverse driving conditions, and power outages.
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