A major winter storm later this week may add insult to injury for millions across the East Coast that have faced a bitter blast of Arctic air gripping much of the U.S. since Christmas — but it will also bring frigid air and ice to areas typically left untouched: Georgia and Florida.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch early Tuesday for all of Southeast Georgia, Interstate 10 corridor in Northeast Florida, and portions of the North and South Carolina coasts due to the possibility of ice and snow.
The storm is expected to be an “icing/freezing rain event” into Wednesday morning in Georgia and northeast Florida and “sleet and snow could be mixed in,” according to the NWS’ Jacksonville Office.
Winter Storm Watch for all of southeast Georgia, the northern Suwannee Valley and along the Interstate 10 corridor to the west of metro Jacksonville after midnight tonight through Wed afternoon. Ice accumulations possible over southeast GA & portions of northeast FL #flwx #gawx pic.twitter.com/CMMZKLhF9b
“Significant icing possible late tonight and Wednesday Morning,” the NWS Jacksonville’s office said in its advisory. “The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday.”