This holiday weekend is forecast for a major winter storm along the Midwest, South and East coasts.
“Get ready, a big snowstorm is coming,” warned AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno.
The storm, named Izzy by The Weather Channel, is predicted to affect tens of millions of people in the next few days with severe snow, snow, wind and rain.
The Weather Channel says there will be “major travel headaches” from North Dakota to North Georgia and will return to Maine.
It is currently snowing in the Northern Plains and the Upper Midwest.
Anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected to cover western Minnesota and Iowa from East Dakotas, AccuWeather said.
Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City are in the path of the storm.
Early Saturday, difficult driving conditions are expected across the region.
Next, Izzy is expected to hit most of the southern states.
Winter storm watch has already been issued to areas of South Carolina, North Carolina and far northeastern Georgia due to expected snow and ice.
Jonathan Porter, chief meteorologist for AccuWeather, said the anticipated snowfall could result in power outages and tree damage.
Atlanta is in the midst of a storm that could end the city’s nearly four-year series without measurable snow.
The storm will end Sunday and Monday in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
The Northeast region is forecast for heavy snow falling by 18 inches by the end of Monday.
According to Weather.com, there is a good chance of heavy snow to the north and west of the Boston-Washington Interstate 95 line from parts of Northern Virginia to Maine.
Workers at the Virginia Department of Transportation have already begun pre-treating the roads with salt before the expected storm.
Southwest Airlines advised travel in the Midwest on Fridays and Saturdays, and said it would waive the change fee for flights to or from Des Moines, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Omaha and St. Louis.
Winter storm safety tips
The South Carolina Department of Emergency Management shares some driving safety tips and winter storm advice before Izzy’s arrival:
Avoid unnecessary travel in affected areas.
If you need to travel, make sure your vehicle is working properly, your cell phone is fully charged, and extra blankets and snacks are packed in case of delay.
Have a stack of batteries.
If you run out of energy, learn how to report an outage to your utility company.
Keep pets in a warm place with access to food and water.