A major winter storm barreling across the US knocked out power for thousands of homes in the southeast and forced the cancellations of hundreds of flights over the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend.
Dubbed winter storm Izzy by The Weather Channel, the so-called “Saskatchewan Screamer “system – named after the Canadian province – prompted winter advisories in more than half of all US states over the last week.
The National Weather Service anticipates heavy snow, flooding, downed trees and hazardous conditions on roads as storm moves north.
The system brought record-breaking snowfall from Canada into the central US and Midwest as it made its way Southeast before turning north, impacting millions of Americans over the last several days.
Nearly 99,000 homes and businesses were without power in South Carolina on Sunday, according to PowerOutages.us, and 70,000 outages were reported in Georgia. Roughly 275,000 outages were reported across the southeast.
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Hundreds more flights canceled for Monday as storm Izzy moves north
02:00 , Alex Woodward
Dozens of flights out of airports in the path of a major winter storm are canceled on Monday, after hundreds of flights out of North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia were canceled on Sunday, according to FlightAware.com.
Nearly 95 per cent of the flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina are canceled. The carrier canceled 1,100 flights on Sunday across.
“This weekend’s winter storm is expected to have a significant impact on our operation, especially at Charlotte International Airport ,” American Airlines said in a statement.
New York bracing for ‘rain event’ in NYC and snowfall upstate
01:00 , Alex Woodward
Snowfall in New York is expected to reach up to three inches per hour in some parts of the state as a mix of ice and rain begin to move into the state on Sunday night into Monday afternoon.
"New York is poised to experience one of the largest storms so far this winter and our crews are out in full force preparing our roadways and staging critical assets," Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement on Sunday. "With freezing temperatures persisting and heavy snowfall forecasted, I'm urging all New Yorkers to pay close attention to their local forecasts and avoid unnecessary travel throughout the duration of the storm."
New Yorkers cautioned to "prepare for the worst" as Winter Storm #Izzy heads northeast.
We have LIVE coverage today and meteorologists in the field with the latest updates. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/SMxz3moSMv
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) January 16, 2022
Heavier snow is expected in the western, northern and Finger Lakes regions of the state.
Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Jackie Bray said New York City and Long Island are likely to see less than an inch of snow but a “rain event” with minor flooding is expected in areas prone to flooding.
Met some of our @NYSDOT plow drivers who are ready to clear roads and help keep drivers safe tonight.
Remember to stay off the roads, avoid unnecessary travel, and if you have to be out, drive slowly and #DontCrowdThePlow! pic.twitter.com/qL289P244s
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) January 16, 2022
Virginia State Police respond to more than 650 traffic accidents
00:00 , Alex Woodward
Virginia State Police reported more than 650 traffic accidents, including 369 crashes and 282 disabled vehicles from Saturday after midnight into Sunday afternoon.
#VSP responding to 650+ traffic crashes & disabled vehicles across #Virginia Sunday 1/16/22 thx to #winterstormizzy: 369 traffic crashes & 282 disabled vehicles from 12:01 AM - 4:30 PM. Most crashes damage only. No deaths reported. (Photo: #I81 #Shenandoah Co.)@VDEM @VaDOT pic.twitter.com/sPiAacbQmy
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 16, 2022
The state is expected to endure “heavy mixed precipitation” with icy rain and snowfall of two to four inches as the storm moves north, according to the National Weather Service.
Storm impacts ‘will be felt across 20 or more states'
Sunday 16 January 2022 23:00 , Alex Woodward
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service predicts heavy snowfall of up to one inch an hour across several states as the winter storm moves north.
The latest key messages for the expansive winter storm across the eastern U.S. Impacts will be felt across 20 or more states from the eastern Tennessee Valley into the Carolina Piedmont, then northward across the Appalachians, Mid Atlantic, and Northeast. pic.twitter.com/n2M0WLdZSe
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) January 16, 2022
South Carolina National Guard deployed to assist with storm response
Sunday 16 January 2022 22:30 , Alex Woodward
The South Carolina National Guard has activated 120 service members to support state agencies responding to the winter storm, according to US Army Maj Gen.Van McCarty.
Services members have been helping stuck vehicles on Sunday in the aftermath of high winds and dangerous conditions. Parts of the state remains under winter storm and ice warnings with “significant icing,” according to the National Weather Service.
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers with Company I, 237th Support Battalion, SC #NationalGuard, assist stranded motorists, Jan. 16, as part of a vehicle recovery team activated in support of winter weather response efforts. #SCGuard pic.twitter.com/3jqUwOqsz4
— SC National Guard (@SCNationalGuard) January 16, 2022
Storm snarls traffic and forces road closures across eastern US
Sunday 16 January 2022 22:14 , Alex Woodward
Officials in several states advised drivers to stay off the road as accidents were reported across the southeast in the storm’s wake.
We are getting reports of numerous accidents across north GA from the ATL metro east. Please, please, take it easy out there. Roads are beginning to freeze up as very cold air continues to filter in. #gawx
— NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) January 16, 2022
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said it best: “For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or getting stranded is to stay put.”
Conditions vary across North Carolina and are dangerous in many areas. Utility companies are working to open up a short section of I-95 in Robeson County that has been closed because of a low-hanging, ice covered power line. Currently, traffic is moving through a short detour.
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) January 16, 2022
It appeared that several drivers abandoned cars in South Carolina on Sunday morning:
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 16, 2022
An accident involved several semi-trailers impacted traffic in Virginia in the afternoon:
#VSP on scene of multi-vehicle backup northbound #I81 #Roanoke County. Stuck vehicles. 2 crashes - 1 minor injury. Wreckers on scene to get traffic moving again. Detour in place @511southwestva. Pls avoid traveling I-81 during #WinterStormIzzy @VaDOTSalem @VDEM @RoanokeCounty pic.twitter.com/1kWmdCe526
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 16, 2022
Sunday morning tornado in Florida destroys homes in Fort Myers
Sunday 16 January 2022 21:54 , Alex Woodward
At least two tornadoes touched down in Florida amid a winter storm that swept the southeast this weekend.
Residents and emergency responders surveyed the damage to several communities near Fort Myers after the storm hit early this morning.
— KC Sherman (@KCShermanWx) January 16, 2022
A strong tornado moved through my uncle’s street down in Fort Meyers, Florida today. These photos were sent to me by my grandpa. I am asking for prayers for everyone effected including my family. @NWSTampaBay #flwx #FortMyers pic.twitter.com/tPWhv4AgKa
— Dylan Strilko (@StrilkoWX) January 16, 2022
More than 1,000 flights canceled out of airports in storm’s path
Sunday 16 January 2022 21:28 , Alex Woodward
More than 2,800 flights within, in and out of United States were canceled on Sunday, according to FlightAware.
Of those cancellations, more than 1,000 were out of Atlanta, Virginia and North Carolina.
Several domestic airlines issued travel advisories and waived change fees at those airports and dozens of others in the path of the winter storm.
Thousands remain without power as Izzy moves north
Sunday 16 January 2022 21:13 , Alex Woodward
Thousands of homes and businesses remain without power as a major winter storm system moves north, bringing heavy winds, snow and ice to the southeast.
As of 4pm EST on Sunday, nearly 220,000 outages are reported in North and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, according to PowerOutage.us.
Here’s how the storm impacted power lines in one area in North Carolina on Sunday:
— Metromonk (@MetroMonk) January 16, 2022
Florida sees at least two tornadoes as storm destroys several homes
Sunday 16 January 2022 21:01 , Alex Woodward
Multiple tornado warnings were issued across Florida during the storm on Sunday morning.
A large tornado touched down near Naples, Florida and overturned a semi-trailer truck on Interstate 75. The National Weather Service also confirmed a tornado in Iona in Fort Myers.
— KC Sherman (@KCShermanWx) January 16, 2022
Florida’s Lee County also reported at least 27 buildings were destroyed in the storm, including 24 with major damage and 14 with minor damage.
Winter storm Izzy: Worst ice and snow of season as ‘Saskatchewan Screamer’ barrels across US
Sunday 16 January 2022 20:51 , Alex Woodward
Freezing rain, flooding, downed trees, heavy snowfall and outages are expected to hit the northeast as winter storm Izzy moves north.
The storm is being driven by a powerful “Saskatchewan Screamer” weather system that brought record-breaking snowfall from Canada into the central US and Midwest as it made its way Southeast before turning north.