A major winter thunderstorm It's developed in the central United States and is expected to travel east Saturday, further targeting the Midwest, the Ohio River Valley and possibly the East Coast.
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The storm has already killed at least three people as a result of car accidents in Missouri, according to the state road patrol. Also in Missouri, an American Airlines regional plane partially slid off the tarmac as it was coming off the runway in Columbia, Missouri. Nobody was hurt.
Columbia had already received more than 10 inches of snow in the storm early Saturday morning, Belleville (Illinois) receiving 6.8 inches and Garden City (Kansas) at 6 inches.
The radar shows a broad shield of snow extending from western Kansas up to the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina on Saturday morning. The heaviest snow bands moved around 5 am in eastern Kansas, most of Missouri and central Illinois, with snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. The affected snow travels on Interstate 70, Interstate 44 and Interstate 55.
Storm warnings are in place from Kansas to Washington, DC on Saturday.
Winter weather warnings extend from Colorado to southern New Jersey on Saturday morning and include major metropolitan areas like Kansas City, Missouri; Saint Louis; Indianapolis; Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.
During Saturday, the storm will dissipate a little to the east, with snow extending from Missouri to West Virginia, and significant snow bands crossing much of the I-70 corridor between St Louis and Columbus, Ohio. Snowfall could exceed 1 inch per hour in this region and winds could blow gusts to over 30 mph. The low visibility will make traveling in this region very difficult on Saturday.
The snow will spread over the Midwest throughout the Saturday afternoon.
Although the storm seems pretty important on Saturday morning, she will have a hard time stepping up as she heads to the east coast. Whatever the case may be, in some areas of the center of the Atlantic coastline there will be at least some snow, including a significant amount of snow in some areas.
Cold, dry air in the northeast is likely to dampen the storm and prevent activity from moving north from Saturday night to Sunday. The latest computerized data indicate that a snow falling in northern Virginia, most of Maryland and parts of New Jersey in the night from Sunday to Sunday. It's a little further north than the forecast model presented on Friday.
Snow and rain will fall in the night from Saturday to Sunday.
Travel will be difficult on Sunday morning on parts of the I-95 corridor through Maryland and northern Virginia. Northern Virginia and southern Maryland may see some intense snow bands, which could help increase their snow totals. Insignificant snow is possible in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In addition, a new depression on the North Carolina coast will help increase moisture in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia. The presence of moisture in cold air over the southern Appalachians will cause variable rainfall problems between Roanoke, Va., And Asheville, North Carolina. It is likely that there will be accumulations of ice.
On Sunday afternoon, the coastal depression begins to drain much of the east coast's moisture, with most of the snow activity concentrated in northern Virginia and in much of the Maryland. The proximity of some snow bands off New Jersey and south of Long Island should be monitored.
Snowfall will be the largest in central Illinois and parts of northern Virginia and Maryland.
Updated snow forecasts indicate the highest totals along the Missouri-Illinois border, where it is likely that 6 inches or more of snow will be found. On the east coast, the highest totals are still expected in northern Virginia and parts of Maryland, with a margin of 3 to 6 inches locally. Some snow accumulation is possible in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but it appears that snow totals will be low.
Possible landslides in SoCal
On the west coast, the next in a series of storms arrives in California on Saturday morning. Heavy rains move to Los Angeles and San Diego with rainfall rates sometimes as high as half an inch per hour.
Another storm will arrive in southern California on Sunday night and another one will come in just behind the start of the week.
The next storms on the west coast will arrive in southern California on Saturday morning.
Several rains are likely to drop 4 to 6 inches of rain over parts of southern California. Floods, debris flows and landslides will become a growing concern as more and more storms target this region in the coming days.
In addition, strong mountain snow is expected throughout Sierra Nevada and parts of the mountains outside of Los Angeles.
At least 6 inches of rain in southern California could cause landslides under burning scars.