Major winter storm will bring intense cold and snowfall across much of the United States

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A winter storm fast moving will bring a swath of heavy snowfall from North Dakota to North Missouri starting tonight.

Snowfall rates can reach 1 inch per hour travel is likely to become dangerous at times, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center forecast.

The fast-moving winter storm will bring heavy, accumulated snow that can combine with gusts of wind, creating dangerous conditions for travel across parts of the North Plains and upper Midwest into the Mid Mississippi Valley through Saturday morning, according to CNN.

This storm will spread winter rainfall from the southeastern to the northeastern United States from this weekend until the beginning of next week. Arctic air is forecast to reach the northeast from Friday night through Saturday.

In some places, including Des Moines, Iowa, snow will begin to fall on Friday. “The duration of snowfall is likely to be 14 to 20 hours in most places, which should allow for widespread accumulation of more than 4 inches and in some places exceeding 8 or more inches,” He said the NWS in Des Moines.

A winter blow for the mid-south

As the winter storm system is moving rapidly southward, start a winter weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee and even Jackson, Mississippi could have snowfall.

Memphis could be a winner in this region’s snowfall. It will start as rain and change to snow from west to east on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“At this point, the question is not whether it will snow, but where the large bands of snow form and how much falls”, He said the Memphis weather service bureau. “The models remain inconsistent creating a complicated forecast regarding snow accumulations.”

Rain, ice or snow for the southeast?

While the areas around Atlanta, especially the northern suburbs, will see all types of rainfall, pinpointing who will get what is still tricky.

The northern mountains of Georgia have the best chance of seeing the largest snowfall totals, while areas closer to Atlanta could see more rain with some snow mixed in. The uncertainty lies in where the cut will be.

“So the main message is: prepare for winter weather and potential major travel impacts, but understand that these winter storms are difficult to predict and change rapidly,” the weather service in Nashville said.

Winter blow from the mid-Atlantic to New England

As the system travels north, ice is no longer a problem and rain and snow become the two main factors. But nevertheless, this will complicate travel to Washington, DC and Baltimore Sunday and Monday.

In the New York City area, precipitation is forecast to start on Sunday afternoon. “For inland areas, there could be a rapid discharge of heavy snow, especially to the north and west,” said the weather service in New York City.

The areas that will see primarily rain and the areas that will primarily see snow will be determined by the proximity of the low pressure area to the coast. If the decline continues further west, most large cities will see cold rain, while inland areas will see snow.

Any variation in the path of the storm will bring changes in the forecast.

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