FLASH: A major storm will bring snow, rain, ice or a wintry mix to more than 200-M Americans beginning Tuesday, impacting roughly 60% of the US population.
Parts of 39 of the 48 lower United States will be touched by the massive storm, including every state east of the Mississippi River. The storm will have such an impact on so many because it will reach parts of 26 of the 30 most populous states.
As the large storm rolls up the Eastern Seaboard at midweek, it will bring snow, ice and difficult travel to the Midwest and Northeast.
“Since this storm will have a great deal of moisture available to it from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, a substantial amount of precipitation is likely,” said an AccuWeather Meteorologist.
While rounds of heavy, flooding rainfall and even some severe thunderstorms are expected to impact the Deep South, it will be cold enough for wintry precipitation to form over areas from northern Texas to Minnesota and Maine.
The snow will 1st develop Tuesday across Kansas before spreading northeastward Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Kansas City, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Duluth could all receive several inches of snow.
The snow will pile up on many areas that have been hit with multiple heavy snowfalls of late over parts of the central Plains to the Upper Midwest.
As the moisture reaches the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, it will be cold enough for snow from Washington, DC to New York City.
After receiving a few inches of fresh snow, residents across the mid-Atlantic, New York and southern New England will notice sleet and freezing rain mixing in with the snow.
A quick burst of 3-6 inches of snow can fall in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore metro areas and their northwestern suburbs late Tuesday night into Wednesday before precipitation transitions to an icy mix and eventually plain rain.
“Near the time of the change from snow to ice, it may be snowing at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour,” according to a AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist.
Anyone hitting the road during these times should travel with extreme caution, and pad extra time into their travel plans.
Along with low visibility in areas of snow, roads can quickly become slick and snow-covered, leading to treacherous conditions and traffic slowdowns.
Take good care, and have a terrific week.