More than 2.5 million people will get snow or ice in their area in what’s expected to be the second-biggest winter weather event on record, the National Weather Service said Friday.
A total of 1.4 million people in Alabama and Georgia will also experience heavy snow, with the heaviest snow totals in Alabama coming Sunday night and the heaviest in Georgia coming Monday morning.
Snowfall totals for Georgia, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia are expected to exceed 1 inch (2 centimeters).
The cold temperatures, especially from Tuesday, are expected across the Southeast and eastern states.
Georgia and Alabama have received more than 2 inches (50 centimeters) of snow this season, while the heaviest accumulation of snow in Alabama came from Sunday night.
A tornado warning for parts of South Carolina and parts of Tennessee was issued Friday, with winds gusts up to 50 mph (80 kph).
The National Weather Services warned that if the heavy snow falls too quickly it could cause flash flooding.
The snowfall will make the East Coast uninhabitable for millions, with an estimated 4 million people likely to have to flee their homes and seek shelter, according to the Weather Service.
As of Friday afternoon, about 3 million people were still in the snow emergency.
Officials are trying to determine how much the snow will affect roadways and the power grid, and how many people will be left without power.
Snow in the Midwest could cause major delays on major roadways, including the I-95 corridor in Ohio, the Ohio-Indiana state line in Indiana, the Indiana-Michigan state line and parts or all of the U.C. Davis corridor in California, the Weather Station said.
More than 10,000 people were rescued from floodwaters on Friday afternoon in Illinois, and at least 15 people died in Missouri after falling into a floodway, according a statement from the state emergency management agency.
The storm is expected to dump another record amount of snow, according the Weather Forecast Center, but not before the weather service warned that snow will be “difficult to predict” in parts of the Southeast.