Winter storms bring ice and snow to much of the northeast

A major winter storm is forecast to create hazardous travel conditions and increase the risk of power outages across much of the Northeast on Friday, meteorologists said.

The storm could bring 6 inches to more than 1 foot of snow from central New York to central New England before easing off into the night, the National Weather Service said Friday morning. Forecasters say freezing rain could carry a quarter of an inch of ice to roads from Pennsylvania through southern New England.

Western Pennsylvania can expect “particularly hazardous travel” and “possibility of local power outages,” the weather service said. From eastern Pennsylvania to Connecticut, “walking will be difficult on untreated surfaces” Forecasters have warned.

The storm began moving into the area early Friday after it hit the Southern Plains through to the Ohio Valley on Thursday. In the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, where about seven million people were experiencing flooding on Thursday, heavy rain early Friday is expected to ease by morning, forecasters said.

Forecasters say much of the US will shiver from below-average temperatures this weekend. Exceptions will be in the southern Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast, where temperatures are predicted to be above average.

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.

By Thursday night, snow had hit parts of Illinois, including Chicago and Iowa, where Weather Service indicates that road conditions are rapidly deteriorating.

Forecasters say ice sheets larger than a quarter of an inch are likely to appear over the Ozark parks and southeastern Missouri.

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. Winter storms bring ice and snow to much of the northeast

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