Meteorologists say that a major winter storm is expected to hit the Southern Plains and Ohio Valley on Thursday. The storm will then move over the Mid-Atlantic region and Northeast on Friday night, creating dangerous travel conditions, and increasing the risk for power outages.
On Thursday afternoon, more than 100 million people in Texas and New England were subject to a winter storm advisory or warning. Due to heavy rains from the same weather system, approximately seven million people in the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys were placed under flood watch.
James Connolly is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in New York. He stated that the system would bring mixed weather to the New York area.
“The snow will be a concern initially, and then it’ll change over into a wintry mix, and then it’ll change over to rain,” he said, adding that the areas along the coast could see the least amount of snow. According to him, New York City will see about three inches of snow while parts of Connecticut, the Lower Hudson Valley, and other areas of the country could see as much as six inches.
Further north, the forecast was more severe. Heavy snow at a rate up to an inch an hour was forecast for upstate New York on Friday. the National Weather Service said. The Albany, N.Y., regionThe snowfall could reach up to one foot, and similar amounts were predicted. around BostonAnd Burlington, Vt.
The storm was expected to pass before the Northeast moved in to bring heavy ice to the Southern PlainsThrough Thursday night, the Mississippi Valley and parts of the Mid-Atlantic were affected by the ice, which could lead to widespread power outages, tree destruction, and dangerous travel conditions. Forecasters predicted that ice glazing greater than a quarter-inch was possible across the Ozarks as well as southeast Missouri. Locally, a half inch of dangerous ice was possible. Freezing rain was forecast from the eastern Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic. In pockets of Maryland and Pennsylvania, significant ice accumulation was possible. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued an Ice Storm Warning at noon on Thursday.
From the eastern Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic States, freezing rain was also possible.
The weather conditions in other parts were calm Thursday. The Northern Plains had a windchill advisory and the Southeast had a dense fog advisor.
The East Coast has been experiencing an active weather pattern this winter.
Back-to-back storms in January created dangerous driving conditions for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. One weather system left hundreds of drivers stranded on Interstate 95 in Virginia for over 24 hours. The storm trapped truckers and students, families, and all manner of commuters, including Senator Tim Kaine.
Mid-January saw another storm strike the South, causing at least two deaths and thousands of power outages. It then moved north, dropping heavy snow in parts of the Northeast and Canada. Another January storm struck the East Coast, cancelling thousands of flights and forcing governors of New York State and New Jersey to declare emergency. In parts of Massachusetts, the storm dumped more than 30 inches.
While some may be hoping that Thursday and Friday’s storm could finish off the winter season, Mr. Connolly warned people not to put away their shovels.
“March tends to be quite stormy,” he said. “We couldn’t say this is the last one.”
Alyssa LukpatContributed reporting
Source: NY Times