Another week, another big winter storm for the U.S.
This week’s storm will target a 2,000-mile swath of the nation from the Rockies to the Northeast with a nasty mix of snow, ice and rain from later Tuesday through Friday.
Cities such as Denver, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit are in the path of the system.
“We’re looking at widespread travel delays with this system,” AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.
Winter storm watches have already been posted for 35 million people from Texas to Michigan, the National Weather Service said. Additional winter weather alerts are expected as the height of the storm draws closer, Weather.com said.
Many areas could pick up snow totals of 6 inches or more along the path of the storm, and some locations could see up to a foot or more, Weather.com said.
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Ice will also be a threat, AccuWeather said. “Depending on the exact track of the storm, an extended zone of icing may develop from central Texas extending through the Ohio Valley,” AccuWeather meteorologist Joe Bauer said. “Areas like Dallas, Little Rock and Indianapolis could be under a significant ice threat around the middle of this week. Any areas that receive significant icing from this storm can experience downed trees and power lines.”
Travel should be avoided in these areas mid- to late week, Weather.com advised.
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Meanwhile, to the south and east of the corridor of ice, soaking rain and severe thunderstorms are possible.
“Heavy rain from eastern Texas through the Tennessee Valley and portions of the Southeast can lead to flash flooding and localized severe weather,” Bauer said.
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On Monday, the Northeast continued to clean up from a weekend blizzard that dumped up to 30 inches of snow in some areas and led to three deaths.
Boston tied its record for the biggest single-day snowfall on Saturday, with 23.6 inches, the Weather Service said. Just 20 miles to the south, Stoughton, Massachusetts, recorded the most snow of the storm: 30.6 inches. Some sections of New York City were blanketed by more than foot of snow.
Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY
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