Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. Friday 21 January

** Heads up ** for snow and ice over the central and eastern Carolinas, including the I-95 corridor, tonight through Saturday morning. Travel will become very difficult in this region. If you are camping between Myrtle Beach SC and Jacksonville NC, be prepared for downed trees, power outages and very cold temperatures Saturday night.

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  • An arctic air mass will bring cold temperatures across much of the central and eastern U.S.
  • Expect a bit of mixed precipitation and icy conditions from south Texas and the central Gulf Coast.
  • The most significant icing is likely in the eastern Carolinas and heaviest snow in parts of the Delmarva Peninsula.
  • High winds today and tonight over much of central and southern California and southern Nevada.

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Here’s the long-range travel & RV weather outlook (updated Wednesday afternoon)

—Northeast WA: Winter Weather Advisory this morning. 1-4 inches snow, perhaps mixed with freezing rain.

— Central CA coastal regions north and south of San Francisco Bay Area; Southern Sacramento and northern San Joaquin Valleys; Sierra Nevada; most of southern and southeastern CA; central and southern NV: High Wind Warnings (mostly higher terrain) and Wind Advisories through Saturday morning. Expect Wind Gusts to 45 mph in the valleys and 60-75 mph on the higher ridge lines and passes. Major highways impacted include I-8, I-8, I-10, I-15, I-40, I-80, US-101, CA-58, CA-99.

— Central and south-central MT: Winter Weather Advisories through this morning. A few additional inches of snow possible. I-90, US-191 impacted.

— Central and south-central CO: Winter Weather Advisory noon today through Saturday morning. 3-8 inches snow expected. I-25 impacted.

— Eastern MT; most of ND; northwest and west-central SD: Winter Weather Advisories through this morning (western portion) and early afternoon (eastern portion). An inch or two more snow expected. I-29, I-90, I-94 impacted.

— Northwest and west-central SD; adjacent ND: Wind Advisory from mid-morning through late this afternoon. Gusts to 50 mph. I-90 impacted.

— Northeast SD and adjacent MN: Wind Advisory through mid-afternoon. Gusts to 45 mph. I-29 impacted.

— Deep South TX: Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through noontime. Possibility of some additional icing. I-2, I-35 possibly impacted.

— Southeast LA; coastal MS and AL; far-west FL Panhandle: Winter Weather Advisories through noon today. Possibility of some light freezing rain. Untreated surfaces will become very slick if there is icing. I-10, I-12, I-55, I-59 potentially impacted.

— MI coastal Lake Michigan: Winter Weather Advisories through this afternoon for lake effect snow. Additional accumulations up to 4 inches. I-94, I-196, US-31, US-41 impacted.

VA portion of DELMARVA Peninsula; Tidewater VA; central and eastern NC; SC except for northwest portion of the state. This includes the immediate coast from the GA/SC border to north of Norfolk VA: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories and Ice Storm Warning (Myrtle Beach SC to Jacksonville NC) through Saturday morning. Highest impacts from this storm will generally be east of I-95. Expect several inches of snow on I-95, especially over northern NC. Eastern NC and the Tidewater area in VA could see 3-5 inches of snow, lesser amounts to the west. Freezing rain and ice accumulation will be the main impact for SC. Freezing rain could be significant along the northeast SC and southern NC coast, with downed trees and power lines and roads becoming impassible. Many roads will be highly impacted including I-26, I-77, I-85, I-95, US-13, US-17, US-58.

— Numerous rain showers and a few thunderstorms over much of the FL Peninsula Saturday afternoon, evening and night.

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