After dumping snow in the upper Midwest on Friday, a massive snowstorm is expected to sweep south over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
The storm is expected to affect tens of millions of people in the United States, bringing winter weather as far south as Georgia, forecasters from AccuWeather said.
As of Saturday morning, winter hazard alerts covered parts of more than a dozen states, stretching as far west as Kansas, as far south as Georgia and as far north as Maine, according to the National Weather Service.
Parts of Virginia and Maryland can see up to 15 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. The storm can also cause power outages, icy roads and travel issues over the holiday weekend.
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After piling up to six inches of snow in parts of Tennessee and light accumulations in northern Mississippi and the Tennessee Valley region of Alabama, the storm will turn around, rushing north until the Atlantic coast on Sunday and Monday, AccuWeather forecasters predict.
Major cities including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston could also be hit with snow Sunday evening before heavy snow turns to sleet and freezing rain from areas around Washington, D.C. to New York and Boston, according to AccuWeather.
Several states have already declared states of emergency ahead of the storm, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia, where wintry conditions earlier this month have already left thousands of drivers trapped on congested highways.
Contribution: The Associated Press
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