black woman bundled up*Tom Niziol, a winter weather expert for The Weather Channel, said the South was in for weather “that many parts have not seen in years” — perhaps the biggest winter weather event in a generation.

Nearly 60 million people are affected by a cold weather warning or watch Monday night. By Friday, however, temperatures will rise above normal for much of the country. NBC News’ Al Roker reports.

It was too early to say just how much snow could fall overnight and into Tuesday, but forecasters were warning that if all of the precipitation falls as snow — instead of sleet — more than 6 inches was possible in a region that rarely sees it.

“We’re very concerned about a potentially crippling snowstorm for southeast Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina,” Wiltgen said.

*(Via NBC News) – The National Weather Service issued winter storm alerts all the way from central Texas eastward through the Gulf Coast into Georgia, the Carolinas and far southeast Virginia.

School systems from Texas to Florida announced a day ahead of time that they would close Tuesday as what Weather Channel meteorologist Nick Wiltgen called a “potentially paralyzing winter storm” headed toward them.

The nasty weather will reach so far south that Johnson Space Center, in Houston, said it, too, would be closed.

Tom Niziol, a winter weather expert for The Weather Channel, said the South was in for weather “that many parts have not seen in years” — perhaps the biggest winter weather event in a generation.

Nearly 60 million people are affected by a cold weather warning or watch Monday night. By Friday, however, temperatures will rise above normal for much of the country. NBC News’ Al Roker reports.

It was too early to say just how much snow could fall overnight and into Tuesday, but forecasters were warning that if all of the precipitation falls as snow — instead of sleet — more than 6 inches was possible in a region that rarely sees it.

“We’re very concerned about a potentially crippling snowstorm for southeast Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina,” Wiltgen said.

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