Oklahoma has declared an emergency for the entire state as Winter Storm Diego is expected to dump as much as foot and a half of snow this weekend.
“Because the weather event may include dangerous road conditions and power outages, this state of emergency is being issued in advance of the storm to allow emergency management and other partners to preposition resources,” read Oklahoma governor Fallin’s emergency declaration.
The monster storm has already dumped rain and snow in California and it’s now intensifying as it begins its 2,500-mile crawl across the US.
20 million people were under some sort of weather alert midday Thursday, Dec 6, with tens of millions more likely be added over the next few days.
By Saturday, rain and threats of flooding will shift largely to the Deep South and Southeast. More freezing rain and ice is likely from Missouri to the Carolinas.
But Diego will save the worst for last — hitting the central and southern Appalachians with heavy snow late Saturday and Sunday. Parts of North Carolina and Virginia could see over a foot and a half of snow.
The cold times are here.
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