While Minnesota and much of the Upper Midwest has already seen a couple of winter weather doozies, the rest of the East is now getting an early season winter blast with plenty of ice and snow from Texas and Louisiana, all the way to New England.
Some of the earliest flakes in decades fell in parts of the Deep South on Wednesday as the storm developed in the southern Mississippi Valley and is pushing northeastward. The snow spread into St Louis overnight where the city is expecting the largest November snowfall in 40 years with up to 7 inches of snow by the time it’s all over.
While it’s snow in Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee, much of the rest of the Midwest and Ohio Valley is expecting freezing rain. Upwards of a half inch of ice is likely in much of Indiana, Ohio, and northern Kentucky that is making travel nearly impossible and dropping power lines border to border.
Even though parts of the Northeast are also expected some ice, it’s likely the snow that will have the most impact with up to a foot of the white stuff possible from western Pennsylvania to Maine. According to Flightaware.com, as of 8am Thursday morning, only about 300 flights have been canceled nationwide, but that number is expected to rise as the full impacts are felt in the big Northeastern cities later Thursday. Areas from DC to Boston will dodge the worst conditions, but are all still expecting plenty of rain and the first flakes of the season before Friday is up.