Weekend Snowstorm To Pound 1,500 Miles Of U.S. Creating Long Traffic Delays
Little Rock, Arkansas – A sprawling winter weather storm named Gia is expected to impact more than 1,500 miles this weekend impacting many motorists.
Motorists along the Interstate 64 and 70 corridors of the Plains and Midwest can expect slippery conditions to create significant delays as a growing snowstorm unfolds through the weekend. The National Weather Service warns that over 20 million people are in the path of the strengthening snowstorm expected to impact cities from Denver to New York City over the next 48-72 hours.
Big cities in the path of the storm include Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Washington and Baltimore. AccuWeather predicts the worst of the storm will be felt in St. Louis with as much as 8 inches likely.
For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm event that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as much as 48 hours in some cases, AccuWeather reports. Expect snow will fall on more than a 1,000-mile-long west-to-east swath over the central states.
The storm will begin as rain or a wintry mix from the central Plains to the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys from Friday to Friday evening, AccuWeather says. However, the storm will strengthen and change to all snow from Kansas to Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky. Rain will change to a wintry mix in parts of northern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas.
A general 3-6 inches of snow is likely in this swath. However, a patch of heavier snow is in store from central Missouri to south-central Illinois, where 6-12 inches are forecast. Within this heaviest snow area, an AccuWeather predicts as much as 16 inches of snow accumulations in some areas.
AccuWeather warns the snow is going to be wet and heavy which brings with it the potential for downed power lines and trees which could block roadways and create long delays.
Stay safe out there drivers.
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) January 12, 2019