"The combination of hazardous travel and bitterly cold temperatures will create unsafe winter weather conditions". The system now is expected to move through the mid-Atlantic this weekend, bringing heavy rainfall and potentially bringing some cities to their wettest years on record. Numerous road closures, river flooding, stalled vehicles and water rescues were reported from southeastern Louisiana to western Alabama, as reported by AccuWeather.
A cold winter storm trekking across the upper Midwest has led to the deaths of at least three people, authorities said.
Lincoln and much of Eastern Nebraska is in a Winter Weather advisory until 6AM Friday morning.
A 58-year-old woman in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, died after a tree fell on her camper trailer Wednesday night, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards tells CNN affiliate WDSU. Some levels could match a 2016 flood that led to a federal disaster declaration, said Greg Flynn, the state's Emergency Management Agency spokesman.
Total snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of up to two tenths of an inch expected in the Guadalupe Mountains, Lea and Eddy counties in New Mexico and Gaines County.
"This was a flash flood type of situation", he said. This will make travel very hard or impossible.especially in the mountains.
In Nebraska, whiteout conditions and crashes forced the closure of Interstate 80 between Lexington and North Platte.
That storm shut down NY and Washington, leaving 15 people dead and impacting some 85 million residents.
Shorts and T-shirts replaced winter running gear Friday for several joggers in downtown Columbus, Ohio, where temperatures were in the 50s.