Freezing rain, snow for parts of U.S.

Western North Carolina through central Maryland can expect a cocktail of freezing rain and sleet, the National Weather Service said.

In all, more than 75 million people from the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard are expected to get walloped by snow and freezing rain into Tuesday.

Southeast to get deluged

While Atlanta could see some snow flurries Monday, the bigger issue across the Southeast will be rain, CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said.

States from Louisiana to the Carolinas could see a few inches of rain Monday, he said.

And from the north Georgia mountains to North Carolina, that rain will start in the form of freezing rain.

Northwest under the gun, too

Not to feel left out, the Northwest will get some intense weather, too.

Parts of coastal Washington and Oregon will get drenched with up to 6.5 inches of rain in three days, the NWS said.

And a flood watch is in effect for parts of Washington through Tuesday morning.

‘Wall of snow’

A cold air mass across the Great Lakes has spawned heavy lake-effect snow that is pushing inland, especially near Buffalo, New York.

Lake-effect snow happens when moisture from warmer lake waters mixes with cold air coming from the north, causing more than 2 to 3 inches of snow an hour.

“Depending on where you are, if you’re just south or north of this lake effect, it can look like a wall of snow is coming down,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

All this snow, freezing rain and ice leave some doubting the accuracy of Punxsutawney Phil’s alleged prediction of early spring-like weather.

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