Rain, ice, snow: Winter storm roaring across East has it all
The brief January thaw is over. A potent winter storm will bring rain, ice and snow to portions of the southern and eastern USA over the next two days and will be followed by another ferocious blast of bitterly cold Arctic air.
Winter weather warnings and advisories were in place Friday all the way from northern Mississippi to northern Maine.
Parts of Kentucky and Tennessee were coated with sleet and ice before snow started falling Friday.
Many schools were closed. Parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama braced for another round of winter weather.
A strong cold front, between the Mississippi River and the Appalachians Friday morning, will continue to sweep east and clear the entire East Coast by Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
Where the front passed, temperatures were well below zero across much of the northern Plains and upper Midwest on Friday morning. Some locations in North Dakota dropped to 31 degrees below zero.
Before the front passed, unusually high temperatures and heavy rain caused flooding. More than 50 reports of flooding came in Friday morning from West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and New York state, including the Buffalo and Pittsburgh metro areas, Weather.com said.
A sharp transition to colder weather is expected behind the cold front, including 24-hour temperature drops of 20 to 40 degrees, the weather service said.
“After reaching the 50s and 60s along the Interstate 95 corridor late this week, high temperatures will be held in the 20s and 30s by late this weekend into next week,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Kyle Elliott.
The heaviest snow is expected from northwestern Pennsylvania into far northern New York, where upward of a foot of snow is expected by Saturday morning.
The cold will stick around through much of next week, Weather.com said. This will include the chance for another winter storm in the Northeast on Tuesday.
After the cold snap, forecasters said, late-January temperatures should be milder from the Plains to the East Coast.
Mike Falsetto cleans the ice from his windshield Friday in South Bend, Ind., after record-high temperatures Thursday.