A significant winter storm began to make landfall in the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley on Thursday night, meteorologists said, before it is expected to move across parts of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. and the Northeast on Friday, creating hazardous travel conditions and increasing the risk of widespread power outages, meteorologists said.
More than 118 million people from Texas to New England were given a winter storm warning or winter weather advice as of Thursday afternoon. About seven million people along the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys are experiencing flooding as heavy rain is expected from the same weather system.
James Connolly, a National Weather Service meteorologist in New York, said Thursday that the system will bring a series of mixed weather to the New York area.
“Snow will be a concern at first, then it will turn into a winter mix and then it will turn to rain,” he said, adding that areas along the coast could receive the least amount of snow. About 3 inches of snow is expected in the New York City area, while parts of Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley could get up to 6 inches, he said.
The forecast further north is even more severe. Heavy snowfall, at an inch an hour, is forecast for upstate New York and much of New England on Friday, The National Weather Service said. The Albany, NY, region possibly up to a foot of snow, while similar totals were expected around Boston and Burlington, Vt.
Before moving into the Northeast, storm forecast bring heavy ice to the southern plainparts of the Mississippi Valley and parts of the Mid-Atlantic through Thursday night, paving the way for widespread power outages, damaged trees and hazardous travel conditions.
By Thursday night, snow had hit parts of Illinois, including Chicago and Iowa, where Weather Service indicates that road conditions are rapidly deteriorating. The weather service said there will be more snow accumulation tonight in the area.
Forecasters say ice sheets larger than a quarter of an inch are likely to appear over the Ozark parks and southeastern Missouri. Locally, about half an inch of ice could do damage while freezing rain is forecast from the Ohio Valley east to the Mid-Atlantic. Significant ice accumulation is possible in pockets of Maryland and Pennsylvania, where National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued an ice storm warning on Thursday.
Freezing rain is also forecast from the Ohio Valley east through the Mid-Atlantic states.
The storm system is expected to cause a cold snap across the country, with the exception of the Southeast, the National Weather Service said. Record low temperatures are possible in California, western Oregon and western Arizona.
Weather conditions looked relatively mild on Thursday in other parts of the country, with the Northern Plains under a cold wind warning and the Southeast under a dense fog warning.
The East Coast has had a positive weather pattern this winter.
In early January, successive storms created hazardous driving conditions in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including a weather system stranded hundreds of drivers on Interstate 95 in Virginia for more than 24 hours. The storm jammed trucks, students, families and everyone to work, including Senator Tim Kaine.
In mid-January, Another storm makes landfall in the South, killing at least two people and leaving thousands without power before moving north and snowfalling heavily over parts of the Northeast and Canada. Another hurricane in January swept across the East Coast, canceling thousands of flights and forcing the governors of New York and New Jersey to declare states of emergency. That storm more than 30 inches down snow in parts of Massachusetts.
While some might hope that this week’s storm could end the winter, Mr. Connolly warned people not to throw away their shovels.
“March tends to be quite stormy,” he said. “We can’t say this is the last time.”
Alyssa Lukpat and Jesus Jimenez contribution report.
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