- The worst weather will be in parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
- By Friday, several rounds of light snow will fall from the Ohio Valley and the central Appalachians to the Central Atlantic.
- From Thursday winter weather in the Pacific Northwest is also possible.
Dozens of millions of people are on the path of a severe winter storm that will bring an uncomfortable mix of ice and snow along a 1,500 mile trail from Texas to New Jersey over the next few days.
The worst weather will be in parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky where an ice storm is expected. “Ice accumulation of more than half an inch is possible in some places,” he said National weather service said. “That amount of ice is likely to lead to dangerous travel conditions, power outages and scattered tree damage.”
Cities on the way of the ice storm are Little Rock, Arkansas; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Paducah, Kentucky; and Lexington, Kentucky, said weather.com.
Traffic accidents occurred in the Lexington area on Wednesday evening Lexington Herald Leader said because of the “extremely dangerous” road conditions. According to Greg Diamond, weather channel meteorologist, two people were killed in various ice-triggered accidents Tweet.
The Louisville Meteorological Service office warned in a tweet on Wednesday that “the fine layer of ice that forms during the freezing drizzle is hard to spot on the road, but it is one of the most dangerous types of weather in winter.”
Snow, ice, bitter cold:Winter will be hit hard this week as the polar vortex is falling across the country
Freezing rain and ice accidents were also reported in Arkansas on Wednesday morning.
“Ice build-up of 0.25 inches or more is enough to break branches and cause significant power outages,” said AccuWeather chief meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Further northeast, several rounds of light snow will fall from the Ohio Valley and the central Appalachians to the mid-Atlantic until Friday, the weather service said. The highest snowfall levels, 6 to 12 inches, will be found in the mountains of far west Maryland and West Virginia.
“Otherwise, parts of northern Virginia, much of Maryland, Washington, DC, and Delaware are expected to have 3 to 6 inches of overall snow,” the weather service forecast.
The ice and snow of this winter storm are created by jet stream disturbances flowing through a battlefield zone between much colder air in the northern states and milder air in the south. weather.com said.
The system was named Winter Storm Shirley by the Weather Channel.
Winter weather is also likely in the Pacific Northwest from Thursday, even in lower elevations where no snow is normally to be seen. It will be possible to accumulate snowfall in Portland and Seattle, but the exact amounts were uncertain, the weather service said.
Elsewhere in the north of the US, the big weather story on Wednesday remained the intense cold that has settled in the region thanks to the polar vortex. Wind – combined with subzero temperatures – can make it feel as cold as 50 below zero in some places.
“This bitter cold can be dangerous and cause frostbite in less than 10 minutes,” said the weather service. “Plan ahead and dress appropriately when spending time outdoors.”