Resilience Natural Disasters

Parts of the US under state of emergency due to snow and ice

Jim Long uses his snow blower to clear a pile of snow from his driveway during a winter storm, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 in Morganton, N.C. Kathy Kmonicek/ AP

Story at a glance

  • That National Weather Service issued multiple winter weather advisories across the country.
  • An arctic chill is expected to hit much of the central and eastern U.S.
  • Governors in North Carolina and Virginia each declared a state of emergency in preparation for the severe weather.

States on the eastern edge of the country are bracing for a weekend of severe weather that’s expected to wreak havoc on roads, local utilities and businesses. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a bleak forecast for much of the country with significant icing expected across the coastal plains of the Carolinas Friday and an arctic chill across much of the central and eastern U.S. 

North Carolina and southeastern Virginia are expected to get hit with snow and ice, with the NWS Wilmington, N.C. office issuing a detailed forecast of wind chills expected to drop into the teens, combined with periods of freezing drizzle and snow/sleet. NWS also issued an ice storm warning and winter weather advisory until Saturday afternoon. 

That prompted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to issue a state of emergency this week that allowed him to mobilize state resources and potentially allow for federal reimbursement for any storm response expenses. The declaration also bans any price gouging by businesses during the state of emergency.  


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In a press release, Cooper said numerous car crashes were reported due to slick roads on Friday and advised residents to keep cars stocked with emergency supplies like a window scraper, jumper cables, blankets and a shovel.  

“Roads will become more dangerous and power outages are still expected tonight in southeastern counties. If you can, stay put and off the roads as that’s the best way to stay safe,” said Cooper. 

A similar situation is playing out in Virgina, with NWS issuing wind chill, winter weather and storm warnings. Up to six inches of snow are expected with wind gusts getting as high as 35 miles per hour and wind chills dipping as low as minus 15 degrees below zero. 

Recently appointed Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) also issued a state of emergency leading up to the weekend’s winter weather advisories, saying in a press release that the weather system will impact travel conditions with the potential to also cause trees to come down and power outages. 

“I urge all Virginians to monitor their local weather forecasts and take personal safety precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of their families,” said Youngkin. 

This weekend’s winter weather comes as another snowstorm hit the southeast, leaving more than 130,000 people without power in the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland, according to CNN. Hundreds of car crashes were also reported as ice became a major threat to residents. 


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