Rain, ice, snow: Win­ter storm roar­ing across East has it all

The Signal - - BUSINESS - Doyle Rice Con­tribut­ing: The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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