A large, powerful and dangerous winter storm is targeting about a third of the nation this weekend. It moved quickly from the Central Plains to the Midwest and is moving toward the Northeast and New England. Some areas of northern New England could see up to 18 inches of snow.
The storm is expected to fall snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice in many places. After that, temperatures are expected to become very cold.
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The slippery road leads to the stacking of 15 vehicles in Missouri
A 15-car accident has blocked a section of Interstate 55 in southeastern Missouri when the snow from a mbadive winter storm swept the area and the roads slippery.
The Missouri Department of Transportation broadcast the news of the accumulation near Ste. Genevieve on her Twitter page at around 4 p.m. Saturday. The department says the interstate highway was blocked due to the accident, which included a fire truck that responded. Motorists were urged to find an alternative route. There was no immediate news about the injuries.
Transportation officials said crews hoped to clear lanes of the interstate highway in a few hours, but said snowfall was holding back that job.
Authorities say many roads in Missouri have been slippery from the rain ice the day before conditions turned to snow and falling temperatures.
Track plane skates at the Chicago airport
A United Airlines plane has left a runway at O & # 39; Hare International Airport in Chicago amid a snowy and icy weather. Chicago firefighters say the incident happened Saturday morning. No injuries were reported. The flight arrived at the airport from Phoenix and 129 people were on the plane.
A mbadive winter storm has brought up to 10 inches of snow to some parts of the Midwest and is expected to hit the northeast on Sunday.
The storm caused the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights at Chicago airports on Saturday. The average delay at O & # 39; Hare International Airport was almost one hour on Saturday afternoon.
The winter storm does not stop some of the Midwest
Many people throughout the Midwest woke up to see a layer of snow or ice on Saturday. The areas where the storm had already moved towards noon were facing intense cold and strong winds.
Some Midwesterns did not let him stay inside. Celeste Tremmel was out in Detroit on Saturday training for a marathon. The 56-year-old was running slowly through the snow several centimeters deep.
"When you run a marathon, you run no matter the weather," he said.
Tremmel said that running in the snow is "like running in the sand, so you have to go much slower."
Governor of Connecticut will hold a press conference
The governor of Connecticut, Ned Lamont, held a briefing on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET to update residents as the state prepares for the storm.
Lamont announced Saturday that it will "partially activate" the Connecticut Emergency Operations Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. to control storm conditions.
"Forecasts show a range of accumulation of snow, sleet and freezing rain," his office said in a press release on Saturday.
1,600 plows deployed throughout the City of New York.
Salt spreaders are taking to the streets as the tri-state area prepares for the winter weather, the New York CBS reported.
This weekend will be deployed around 700 spreaders and 1,600 plows in New York City. Additional precautions are being taken to make sure the city is better prepared than a few months ago, when thousands of drivers were stuck in traffic all night during a small snowstorm.
This time, public works and public service teams were being prepared on Friday.
Officials warn about flight interruptions.
Officials have warned about the interruptions of flights at airports, as well as possible changes in train schedules.
On Saturday morning, 1,135 flights were canceled on Saturday, inside or outside the US. UU., According to FlightAware flight tracking service.
The O & # 39; Hare International Airport of Chicago reported that the airlines there canceled almost 470 flights "due to the snow during the night and the strong winds expected throughout the day". Advised travelers to get airline updates.
Amtrak canceled some trains on Saturday from Chicago to Washington and New York and between New York and Boston and Pennsylvania on Sunday.
Chicago is expected to receive up to 8 inches by Saturday and wind gusts in the Chicago area to reach 35 mph.
N.J. and Pennsylvania declare states of emergency
On Friday, New Jersey and Pennsylvania declared states of emergency.
"This storm has the potential to offer all the winter weather options Mother Nature has," said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe at a press conference.
In New Jersey, the state of emergency will take effect at noon on Saturday. "Our top priority is the safety of New Jersey residents, and we urge residents to stay away from roads and prepare for possible power cuts," said Governor Phil Murphy.
Winter storm warnings issued for the weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued warnings of winter storms for the weekend from the Dakotas through the Great Lakes states to New England. He warned that conditions in the northeast "could approach the criteria of the blizzard."
The National Weather Service in Albany, New York, said snow could fall at a rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour, creating "difficult to impossible travel conditions" in the areas. Ice was also a possibility in some areas on the path of the storm, which was forecast to shed up to 2 feet of snow.
In New York City, the worst of the storm is expected from Saturday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, with snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches followed by rain that could turn to ice when temperatures drop on Sunday. The one-digit temperatures could last until Monday.