Southern governors declare states of emergency ahead of winter storm

More than 65 million people in the affected areas are under winter weather alerts, the National Weather Service said.
A major winter storm is set to impact a wide area this weekend., snow, sleet, and freezing rain -- or a combination of all of those -- will make travel difficult over the three-day holiday weekend in the affected areas.
A winter storm will affect the region today thru Saturday.
As the temperatures drop, that rain will change into freezing rain, sleet and eventually snow for many locations.
States of emergency were declared by governors in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, allowing assets and resources to be positioned ahead of the storm's arrival.
In South Carolina, Gov.
Forecasting winter weather in the Southeast is never easy, as timing often comes down to the wire.
However, it is the slow forward speed of this system that provides the setup for a crippling ice storm that could knock out power to millions.
An ice storm warning was issued for portions of South Carolina ahead of this system and is in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday night.
A large winter storm will bring widespread snow, sleet, and freezing rain to a large portion of the eastern third of the country beginning Saturday night.
Significant impacts due to snow are likely, and damaging freezing rain is possible in the Piedmont of the Carolinas.