Just a week after Winter Storm Grayson pounded the East Coast with heavy snow and record chills, an even bigger storm is threatening most of the U.S. with blizzards and ice.
Winter Storm Hunter began hitting much of the U.S. Wednesday, with its first phase bringing snow, freezing rain or sleet to the Plains and the Midwest. The second phase is expected to sweep east with ice and freezing rain Thursday through Saturday night across the Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, The Great Lakes and up into the interior Northeast.
On Thursday, the storm has brought blizzard conditions into Bismarck, the Grand Forks, and Salina, spreading snow into the Texas panhandle and into Michigan by Thursday evening. The latest forecast shows that the storm will continue marching into the eastern Great Lakes and into the Ohio Valley through Friday, bringing rainy conditions to New York, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Knoxville, and Burlington and snow in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Traverse City by Friday night.
As the storm continues to move into the weekend, cities including Detroit and Indianapolis can expect snowy and wet conditions arriving on Friday, and will want to keep their eyes out for possible closures according to the Weather Channel’s latest forecast.
Slippery roads and spotty power outages are still expected in cities that include Boston, Portland, New York, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Charleston, Cleveland, Paducah, Memphis, Louisville, and Nashville throughout Saturday.
The National Weather Service has put out winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories for areas from Mississippi to the central Plains and the Rockies.
The storm will also bring snow into the Washington Cascades and northern Rockies, eastern Montana, northwest Wisconsin, and Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, causing potentially harzardous roads, bridges, and overpasses.
[7:54 PM] On Friday, we expect rain to change to a mix of freezing rain and sleet, before changing to snow. This changeover will happen at different times depending on your location. Everyone should be prepared for ice and snow accumulations Friday into Friday night. pic.twitter.com/kJlCjaoqdv
— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) January 11, 2018
“At this point, it looks like just enough cold air will invade the storm to create a major problem for travel beginning from central northeastern Arkansas and western Tennessee to northern Maine and southern Quebec and northwestern New Brunswick,” AccuWeather’s Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll explained regarding the storm.
By Friday, Pennsylvania, upstate and central New York, and northern New England can expect freezing rain, with snow lingering into Saturday.
Meanwhile, heavy ice buildup and rapidly plunging temperatures – and risks of power cuts – are expected for an area stretching from Mississippi to Quebec, according to AccuWeather.