Sections of Midwest under winter storm warning, National Weather Service says travel can be dangerous at times
According to the NWS, between eight and 12 inches of snow is forecast for parts of central Iowa and southern Minnesota. Parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois and most of Iowa were under winter storm warnings as of Friday morning, meaning snow, sleet or snow is expected and will have a significant impact. Dozens of counties in the surrounding areas were under winter weather advisories, According to NWS,
Meanwhile, parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and all of West Virginia had winter storm monitoring in place.
“For the whole event I would say that heavy snow is going to be the major impact, even though there will also be a chance of some icing,” said National Weather Service chief forecaster Bob Orweck.
The system will also bring with it cool air, although some records are expected to be broken according to the NWS. North Dakota and Minnesota will experience air chills of minus -30 degrees Fahrenheit and parts of northern New York and New England at minus -40 degrees.
Beginning Saturday night, snow, hail, and freezing rain are expected for much of the eastern US. “Snow likely to cause significant impacts, and damaging freezing rain is possible in Piedmont, Carolinas,” NWS said,
Virginia State Police warning Friday storms can affect The heavily traveled I-95 corridor, where many drivers were left stranded for hours last week, when a winter storm caused significant snowfall and a jackknife halted semitruck traffic.
“It has been more active for snow in the eastern US lately because we are in a colder pattern,” Orvec said, adding that the pattern looks like it will continue through at least early next month. .
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