South braces for possible snow as cold weather ravages East Coast


Image: Savannah, Ga., weather

Icicles form on the tritons in the Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday. Steve Bisson / AP

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“There could certainly be some slick spots on the road that could impact travel, and in a region that doesn’t see it often, they’ll need to take care,” Pugh said.

The winter conditions are expected to last overnight into mid-Wednesday, she added.

Moving north from Florida, parts of Georgia and the Carolinas also could get a bit of snow. The Weather Channel said it was forecasting up to five and a half inches for Savannah, Georgia, and somewhere between three to six inches for South Carolina.

Frigid temperatures continued on Tuesday and will stretch throughout the week in the Northeast. Some areas might even experience daily record lows, according to Pugh.

The storm brewing along the Eastern Seaboard could deliver snow to the Northeast, with New England at risk of the heaviest accumulations. As of Tuesday, light accumulations of snow were expected for the New York tri-state area.

The storm could go through

bombogenesis, an intensification classified by a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure of 24 millibars or more in a period of 24 hours, according to The Weather Channel. If the storm does intensify, the winds could knock out power lines.

Pugh said extreme lows coupled with the potential for a loss of power could be a dangerous combination.

The cold weather has been linked to the

deaths of at least 19 people in the United States since Dec. 26.

On Tuesday, it was described as a possible “contributing factor” in a pile-up in Buffalo involving as many as 25 cars, which possibly injured two people, said Trooper Michael P. Cassella, a spokesman for the New York State Police.

“Traffic is going to be delayed for significant amount of time,” Cassella said. “People should use caution and stay away from the area until situation has been rectified.”