Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. Saturday 15 January

** High impact weather day Sunday 16 January 2022 ** Travel not advised along the I-81 and I-95 corridors starting tonight, or the interior Mid-Atlantic Sunday or the Northeast starting Sunday evening.

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  • A strong storm system is bringing a wintry mix through the Mid-Mississippi Valley into the Southeast then up the Eastern seaboard this weekend. Travel not advised.
    • Much of I-95 will see 1-4 inches snow Sunday or Sunday night from Virginia to Maine
    • Most of I-81 will see heavy snow
    • Significant freezing rain in North and South Carolina, between US-1 to the east and I-85 to the west
    • Parts of northwest Pennsylvania and western NY could see 12-18 inches of snow.
  • Bitterly cold weather will settle across the Northeast prior to the storm.
  • Risk for severe weather and strong winds along northwestern Florida Gulf coastal areas today and across much of the Florida Peninsula on Sunday.

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

— Large portions of WA, OR and ID: Dense Fog, Freezing Fog and Air Stagnation Advisories through midday today. I-5, I-84, I-90 impacted.

— Central CA San Joaquin Valley: Dense Fog Advisory through midday today. I-5, CA-99 impacted.

— Central and southern CA, especially coastal regions: Light rain and rain showers Saturday afternoon and evening. No advisories.

— Central CA San Luis Obispo Coast: Wind Advisory through midday today. Gusts to 50 mph. US-101, CA-1 impacted.

— Southern CA Coastal Ranges north of San Diego Country: High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories through this afternoon. Gusts. 50-70 mph. I-5, I-10, I-15 impacted.

— South-central MT Livingston and Beartooth Foothills: Wind Advisory through this afternoon. Gusts to 60 mph. I-90 impacted.

— Southeast WY: High Wind Warnings through Sunday morning. Gusts 60-70 mph. I-90 / I-25 impacted.

— OK, almost all of TX, northwest, western and central LA: High Wind Warnings (eastern TX Panhandle) and Wind Advisories today and this evening. Gusts. 50-60 mph. I-10, I-20, I-30, I-35, I-40, I-44, I-45, I-49 impacted.

— Western and central KS; southern IA; most of MO; west-central IL: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories through midday today. Total snow accumulations 2-5 inches. I-29, I-44, I-55, I-70 impacted.

— Eastern OK, northern and central AR: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories through tonight. Snow accumulations generally 2-4 inches except 6-10 inches in the Ozark Mountains. I-30, I-40, I-44 impacted.

— Northeast AR, northern MS, most of TN except Knoxville to Chattanooga, eastern KY: Winter Storm Watches late this afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Accumulations range between. 2-7 inches. Some sleet and freezing rain may mix in, especially over the eastern portion of this area. I-24, I-40, I-55, I-64, I-65, I-75 impacted.

— Most of AL, western and central GA, FL Panhandle and northern FL Peninsula west of I-75: Wind Advisories tonight. Gusts 35-40 mph. I-10, I-20, I-65, I-75, I-85 impacted.

— Central and southwest VA; most of NC except coastal and northeast; central and northern SC; northern GA: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories through Sunday night. Wide ranging accumulations from 6-12 inches in the mountains to just a couple of inches in the eastern and southern areas. The Carolinas and VA will likely see a period of sleet and freezing rain following the snowfall. Travel will become very difficult and not advised. I-20, I-26, I-70, I-64, I-77, I-81, I-85, I-95. Impacted.

— Central SC: Ice Storm Warning Sunday and Sunday night. One-quarter to one-half inch of ice possible. Trees and power lines will likely come down and travel will be all but impossible. I-26, I-77, US-1 impacted.

— Western and northern. NY; VT; northern NH; eastern ME; western and central PA; eastern and southeast OH; WV; western and central MD; northern VA: Winter Storm Warnings (NY) and Watches Sunday midday through Monday. Snow accumulations generally 6-10 inches except. 2-5 inches over northern VA and up to 12-18 inches over parts of NY. Some sleet and freezing rain may mix with the snow in the eastern portions of this region. Major highways impacted include I-66, I-68, I-70, I-77, I-79, I-80, I-81, I-88, I-90, I-99, PA Turnpike and NY Thruway.

— Upstate NY, VT, northern NH, northern ME: Wind Chill Warnings through midday today. Wind chill temperatures -25 to -40 deg F.

— Eastern ME: Wind Chill Warnings. and Winter Weather Advisories today. Blowing snow, wind gusts to 45 mph and wind chill temperatures as low as -45 deg F. I-95 impacted.

Estimate of total snowfall accumulations through Tuesday morning18 January.

Greatest accumulations in and along the Appalachians.

I-95 corridor will generally see 1-4″ of snow VA to ME before changing over to rain.

Expect significant freezing rain in NC and SC between US-1 and I-85 late Saturday night and Sunday morning.

I-81 will see heavy snow virtually the entire length of the highway.

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