More than 1,300 flights have been canceled and passengers have been warned to stay home as the severe Oakley winter blizzard is heading northwest and has already deposited six inches of snow and could cause power outages from the Ohio Valley to New England.
Power outage warnings have been issued in parts of Pennsylvania, western Maryland and northern West Virginia where heavy icing is possible through Friday.
Downed tree branches and scattered power outages are likely, and driving will be very difficult.
Freezing rain and sleet will hit the southern parts of this area, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and the New England coast.
Up north, at least six inches of snow will wreak havoc for Americans in upstate New York and New England.
And in some areas you can even see a foot of snow. About 1,326 flights were canceled in the US today, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Baltimore received 0.15 inches of freezing rain early Friday morning and Preston, NY saw 6 inches of snow already.
Stephen Tole, an officer with the Fayetteville Police Department, gives advice to a motorist on College Avenue near the Northwest Arkansas mall in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
John Lottie clears snow from his frozen driveway in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Heavy snow fell in Flagstaff, Arizona on Wednesday. Due to the storm, major roads in Arizona were blocked.
A runner overcomes freezing temperatures to head to Hyder Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Matthew “Mateo” White enjoys a chilly morning walk with his one-year-old Border Collie Terrier in Albuquerque.
Since Wednesday morning, the storm has been causing numerous reports of sleet and freezing rain from south to central Texas to central and eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, southern Missouri, and parts of the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.
More than 118 million people in Texas and New England are under a winter storm warning, and seven million people in the Tennessee and Ohio valleys are at risk of flooding due to expected heavy rain.
James Connolly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New York, told the New York Times: “Snow will bother you first, then it will turn into a winter mixture, and then it will give way to rain. ‘
He added that coastal areas would see the least amount of snow, while New York, Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley could see three inches of snow.
And devastating weather warnings have prompted state governors, including Connecticut and Massachusetts, to urge residents to stay off the roads, and I-70 and I-80 are expected to be particularly smooth.
By Thursday evening, the snow had already reached Chicago and Iowa.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted: “Given the dangerous travel conditions that an impending winter storm will create, we urge people to stay off the road tomorrow, especially on their morning commute.”
“Non-emergency government employees should work remotely tomorrow whenever possible.”
Record low temperatures can even be reached in California, western Oregon and western Arizona.
The United States has been hit by a string of winter storms this year, and in early January, a single weather system delayed hundreds of drivers on I-95 in Virginia for more than 24 hours.
Later that month, another storm hit the south, killing at least two people and leaving thousands without power.
It comes after more than 2,000 flights were canceled in the US as the winter storm moves to the northeast and up to six inches of snow is forecast by Friday.
More than 110 million Americans were issued a weather warning Thursday for a winter storm that is set to bring dangerous ice to the South and Midwest on Thursday and then bring down a combination of heavy snow, winter mix and rain to the Northeast.
Through Thursday evening, ice and sleet continued across the Southern Plains and the Mississippi Valley as snow cover and snow intensity is forecast to increase across the Midwest and the Southern Great Lakes as heavy rain with occasional severe storms rolls across southeast, NBC. News reported.
A fresh layer is now visible at Mother Neff State Park in Moody, Texas on Thursday as a winter storm moves through the South and Midwest.
Historic San Felipe de Neri in New Mexico’s Old Town is seen with a fresh layer of overnight snow on Thursday morning as a winter storm sweeps across the US.
Accumulations of ice greater than 0.25 inches thick are likely from the Red River Valley in Texas through the Ozarks and southeast Missouri, according to the Weather Prediction Center.
To prepare for the storm, the Texas Power Reliability Board has warned of dense power grid conditions, and some Texas school districts in Texas have canceled classes due to dangerous driving conditions, CNN reports.
Thousands of flights, mostly from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, were also canceled and delayed.
As of Thursday afternoon 2020, flights arriving, departing and traveling within the US had been canceled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.
As the storm moves east overnight, parts of New England are forecast to receive up to 12 to 18 inches of snow, with points south along the I-95 corridor to have a mixture of snow, ice and rain, Accuweather reports.
Map of forecast snowfall as the winter storm moves northeast Thursday.
The storm is forecast to bring up to 12 to 18 inches of snow in parts of New England, as well as a mixture of snow, ice and rain at points south along I-95.
A severe blizzard is forecast to move northeast late Thursday evening, bringing heavy snow, winter mix and rain.
“Heavy snow is expected in upstate New York and New England on Friday, when snow speeds are likely to eclipse 1 inch per hour at times. Probably a dangerous journey,” the weather service tweeted.
The northeast is expected to be dry Thursday, with a light mixture of rain and sleet expected to spread eastward through northern Maryland and Virginia, and along the southern tier of Pennsylvania Thursday afternoon.
Thursday night will see sleet and freezing rain across most of central and southern Pennsylvania, as well as central New Jersey.
About 2.5 inches of snow is predicted to fall in New York City, expected to fall around midnight Thursday, and sleet and freezing rain will spread across the New York City metro area from Thursday evening to Friday evening.
“A gradual transition to rain will occur on Friday morning. However, roads and sidewalks are likely to still be slippery, especially in the northern and western suburbs and parts of central Long Island, where the winter mix is likely to linger for a while,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Adam Sadvari.
Bad weather even forced the People’s Convoy bound for Washington, D.C. to protest COVID masks and vaccine mandates, to divert the route.
As of Thursday afternoon, 2020 flights arriving, departing and traveling within the United States had been canceled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.
On Thursday morning, Chris Young, administrator of the group’s Facebook page, announced a flight delay to Lupton, Arizona, citing “weather conditions.”
Young later posted an updated itinerary, apparently to avoid poor conditions, and told supporters in Lupton to prepare for their arrival. The convoy is expected to arrive in the city on Friday, they just go there by different roads.
“Level overpasses! Wave your flags! Get the kids to swing their arms! she wrote.
It’s unclear what conditions the convoy encountered on its original route as organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the storm dropped about a foot of snow on Wednesday in parts of Arizona’s high county.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from Flagstaff to Shaw Low until 11 p.m. Wednesday. When the truckers arrived in Kingman, about 150 miles east of Flagstaff, there was no snow to be seen.