Snow and Ice to Hit Parts of US Over the Weekend

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By CNN Newsource
January 17, 2020Weather
Snow and Ice to Hit Parts of US Over the Weekend
A man walks through fresh snow in downtown Everett, Washington, that was hit with heavy snow briefly on Jan. 15, 2020. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald via AP)

A strong winter storm is forecast to develop early Friday in the Plains and travel quickly east through the weekend, delivering a blast of snow and ice.

As of Friday morning, nearly 90 million people across the country were under some kind of winter storm warning, advisory, or watch, CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett said.

Places from Oklahoma to Maine could see snow, freezing rain, and sleet. Significant snow accumulations are likely in parts of Minnesota, northern Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and the interior Northeast.

“This has the potential to be one of the most impactful winter storms of the season for the Upper Midwest,” CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said.

The storm system was expected to get organized later Friday and intensify on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

The weather was affecting travel early Friday morning.

Ice prompted a temporary closure at Kansas City International Airport in Missouri, where a plane slid off the pavement, an airport spokesman said. There were no known injuries.

In Guymon, Oklahoma, the ice was so slick that resident Kassidy Stroup couldn’t stand up in her driveway. She shared a video of her futile struggle to open the door to her truck as she slid this way and that on the icy path.

Stroup planned to head into work later, she told CNN, after the ice had thawed a bit.

Jenni Pittman, who works for the National Weather Service, shared a time-lapse video of icicles forming off the roof of her home in Olathe, Kansas, Friday morning.

Pittman was teleworking, she said, but her husband said the roads were “just barely passable.”

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• A swath of locally heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain is expected for portions of the Central Plains northeast through the Upper Midwest, resulting in arduous travel.

• The Midwest could experience the highest snowfall totals. Minnesota, portions of Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and northern New England could see 8 to 12 inches of snow.

• These areas could experience blowing snow due to the high winds, which will cause near-whiteout conditions on roadways.

• The Rockies could see heavy snow, with wind gusts of up to 75 mph at lower elevations in the High Plains.

• Freezing rain accumulations are possible across portions of the Southern Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley. These icy conditions will make travel a problem in Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Accumulating ice will potentially knock down trees and power lines, causing numerous power outages.

• Air travel in the Midwest will most likely experience long delays and roads will be treacherous.


• Additional snow and ice accumulations will be possible into Sunday for interior portions of the Northeast and New England, with coastal areas first getting snow, then rain.

• New York City and Boston will get in the mix with snow in the morning. Amounts will be small: about 1 to 2 inches possible in New York, while Boston may see even less. The snow will change over to rain in the evening, and it will rain overnight.

• Interior portions of the Northeast will see much more snow: 8 to 12 inches for Upstate New York and up to 6 inches in northern Maine.

“After the storm moves out, the bitter cold will settle in. High temperatures in the region will remain in the single digits Sunday and into the early part of next week, while overnight temperatures will dip to 10 to 20 degrees below zero,” according to Ward.

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