On Tuesday, about 40 million people were under winter weather alerts in 17 states ranging from southern Utah to Michigan. A second, more subtle storm will come in the mixed midweek.
The storm will bring heavy snow to most parts of the Midwest on Tuesday, including Chicago and Minneapolis.
Sleeve and possible freezing rain will push parts of Iowa and northern Missouri, making roads extremely slow. The weight of the frozen rain can bring down tree limbs and power lines, causing power shortages.
During the overnight hours, snow can turn into sleep for Chicago, then by Wednesday morning. This will have a huge impact on traffic.
The National Weather Service Office in Chicago said, “Some power drainage is possible due to the effects of wet snow accumulation, some icing and wind gusts up to 30 mph.”
The National Weather Service also warns: “The heavy, wet nature of snow can make it difficult to shovel, especially where moving up to several inches.”
The agency is forecasting 2 to 5 inches of snow and sleep for the Chicago area, along with one to two tenths of an inch of snow.
The heaviest snowfall could be up to 10 inches for parts of Iowa, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since Wednesday.
A second storm system will move to the southern side of the current storm midweek, raising snow and storms to the south through New Storm Eve.
CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said, “There will be a clear separation of the mass of air along the Mississippi River as well as warmer temperatures with average temperatures over the eastern half.”
This would establish an area of all types of inclement weather as many storm systems run along this range.
“Parts of the Central Plains in the Midwest, particularly through Missouri and the Great Lakes, pulling from Kansas, can see sustained periods of rain and snow on Wednesday and again Friday,” Miller said.
This can make for some treacherous travel conditions, most notably along the Interstate 70 and Interstate 80 corridors.
Snow and ice can hit as far south as Texas. The National Weather Service office in Midland / Odessa is forecasting 2 to 10 inches of snow for that part of Texas on Thursday morning.
Severe weather risk
Rain and storm will also be an issue for millions of people this week. With 1 inch of rain for cities such as Opin City and Little Rock, Arkansas, Deep South, Ohio Valley and parts of the Northeast will receive heavy rain on Thursday evening. Of the Ohio Valley.
The Storm Prediction Center is estimating a minor risk of a severe storm, including the Gulf Coast, as well as potential thunderstorms for more than 7 million people on Thursday. These areas include New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi.
The grave threat turned into Georgia, South Carolina and parts of North Carolina on Friday.
Midnight status on new year’s eve
Snow and rain will stick in many places in the ring in the new year.
As far as temperatures go, large cities in the Northeast will see temperatures in the mid-30s.
The Tennessee Valley is expected to rain at midnight for a stretch of the Gulf Coast and parts of the southern plains. Midnight temperatures will be in the mid to upper-50s for Charlotte and Atlanta. New Orleans will get wet, temps in the mid to upper 60s.
There will be potential snow for central Texas on New Year’s Eve and snow will likely occur in parts of Oklahoma.
Conditions in the west will be much calmer.
Temperatures in southern and central California will be in the mid-50s, temperatures in the mid-40s, and rain for the Pacific Northwest. The Middle Rockies will hover from the mid to upper 20s in a calm midnight position.