An 18-month-old baby has died in an icy Kentucky car crash at Storm Oaklee barrels across the country forcing more than 1,300 flights to cancel today and bringing warnings of power outages and at least six inches of snow.
Seven wrecks involving a total of 12 tractor-trailers and six cars happened within just 60 minutes Wednesday night into Thursday morning at the Tennessee River Bridge along Interstate 24.
Warnings of power outages have been issued in parts of Pennsylvania, western Maryland and northern West Virginia where significant icing is possible through Friday.
Downed tree limbs and scattered power outages are likely and driving will be very difficult.
Freezing rain and sleet is set to hit the southern parts of that area including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Hudson Valley and the coastline of New England.
Toward the north at least six inches of snow will cause havoc for Americans in the interior of New York state and into New England.
And some areas might even see a foot of snow. So far some 1,326 flights have been canceled today in the US, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.
Early Friday, Baltimore reported 0.15 inches of freezing rain, while 6 inches of snow was observed already in Preston, New York.
Residents and snow crews in Somerville, Massachusetts, cleared what was expected to be up to a foot of snow to fall North of Boston
Inches of snow were seen covering cars on the streets of Somerville in Massachusetts on Friday morning
Grover Taylor of Somerville digs his truck out of the snow in Somerville, MA as a storm expected to deliver up to a foot of snow North of Boston
Residents carry snow shovels as they try and clear paths in Somerville, Massachusetts, as Storm Oaklee is set to settle in
A line of cars in Somerville is seen covered in thick snow this morning in Somerville, Massachusetts
Matthew ”Mateo” White enjoys a cold morning walk with his 1 year-old Border Collie-Terrier in Albuquerque
Dog walking, runners, bikers, walkers did their thing in the rain and sleet and snow in Central Park
A light shower of snow was seen covering the grass in Central Park in New York city on Friday
A dog walker is seen crunching through snow in Central Park in New York city on Friday
A man walks while holding an umbrella as he sticks to the cleared pathways in Central Park in New York City on Friday
Snow covers the street in in Rochester. Residents across the Northeast awoke to a steady snow that could bring a foot or more of accumulation to many areas, and a sloppy mix of sleet and ice to other spots
Snow covers Interstate 490 in Rochester, New York, on Friday February 25
Since Wednesday morning, the storm has produced numerous reports of sleet and freezing rain, from as far south as central Texas to central and eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, southern Missouri and parts of the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.
More than 118million people as far as Texas and New England are under a winter storm warning and seven million people along the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys are under a flood watch because of heavy rain they can expect.
James Connolly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New York told the New York Times: ‘The snow will be a concern initially, and then it’ll change over into a wintry mix, and then it’ll change over to rain.’
He added that coastal areas will see the least amount of snow while three inches may be seen in New York City, Connecticut and the Lower Hudson valley.
And the disruptive weather warnings have led to governors of states including Connecticut and Massachusetts to encourage residents to stay off the roads and the I-70 and I-80 are expected to be especially slick.
Snow had already made its way into Chicago and Iowa by Thursday evening.
Steven Tole, an officer with the Fayetteville Police Department, offers advice to a motorist on College Avenue near the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville, Arkansas
John Lotti shovels snow from his frozen drive way in Tulsa Oklahoma
Heavy snow fell across Flagstaff, Arizona, on Wednesday. The storm forced closures on major roadways in Arizona
A runner braves cold temperatures to head out into Hyder Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pink areas in the map show the sleet and ice that is expected from New York to Pittsburgh for the rest of the day until tomorrow
Purple areas on the map show where the most snow will be seen and the number of inches each area can expect to see from now until tomorrow
Weather warnings have been issued across large areas of the north east of the country including ice storm warnings and winter storm warnings
Blue areas on the map show what areas of the north east of the country can expect the most snow showers and heavier settling snow
A weather forecast shows the outlook across the country over the weekend
The Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker tweeted: ‘Given the hazardous travel conditions that will be created by the upcoming winter storm, we are urging people to stay off the roads tomorrow – especially during the morning commute.
‘Non-emergency state employees should telework tomorrow when possible.’
Record low temperatures may even be reached in California, western Oregon and western Arizona.
The US has been hit by a string of winter storms this year and in early January one weather system stranded hundreds of drivers on I-95 in Virginia for more than 24 hours.
Later in the month another storm hit the south and killed at least two people and left thousands without power.
It comes after more than 2,000 flights have been canceled across the US as a winter storm makes its way Northeast and is predicted to produce up to six inches of snow by Friday.
On Thursday more than 110 million Americans were under weather alerts for a winter storm that is set to bring dangerous ice to the South and Midwest on Thursday before dumping a combination of heavy snow, wintry mix and rain in the Northeast.
Through Thursday evening, ice and sleet continued for the southern Plains and the Mississippi Valley as snow is forecasted to increase in coverage and intensity across the Midwest and the southern Great Lakes, while heavy rain with some isolated strong storms will roll across the Southeast, NBC News reported.
A fresh layer of now is seen in Mother Neff State Park in Moody, Texas on Thursday as a winter storm moves through the South and Midwest
The Historic San Felipe de Neri in Old Town in New Mexico is seen with a fresh coat of overnight snow on Thursday morning as a winter storm makes its way across the US
Ice accumulations of over 0.25 inches are likely from the Red River Valley of Texas through the Ozarks and southeast Missouri, according to the Weather Prediction Center.
To prepare for the storm the Electric Reliability Council of Texas warned of tight grid conditions and some Texas school districts in Texas canceled classes due to hazardous driving conditions, CNN reported.
Thousands of flights, mostly out of Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport, have also been cancelled and delayed.
By Thursday afternoon, 2,020 flights entering, leaving and traveling within the U.S. were canceled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.
As the storm shifts east overnight it is forecast to bring up to 12-18 inches of snow in parts of New England, along with a mix of snow, ice and rain for points to the south along the I-95 corridor, Accuweather reported.
A map of projected snowfall as a winter storm makes its way to the Northeast on Thursday
The storm is forecast to bring up to 12-18 inches of snow in parts of New England, along with a mix of snow, ice and rain for points to the south along the I-95
‘Heavy snow is expected across Upstate New York and New England on Friday when snow rates will likely eclipse 1’/hr at times. Dangerous travel is likely,’ the weather service tweeted.
The Northeast is largely expected to be dry on Thursday, with a light mixture of rain and sleet expected to spread eastward across northern Maryland and Virginia and along the southern tier of Pennsylvania Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday night, most of central and southern Pennsylvania through central New Jersey will have sleet and freezing rain.
New York City is forecasted to see about 2.5 inches of snow that is expected to being around midnight on Thursday, as well as sleet and freezing rain will spread over the New York metro area between late Thursday and Friday afternoon.
‘A gradual transition to rain will then take place into Friday morning. However, roads and sidewalks are likely to still be slippery especially over the northern and western suburbs and in parts of central Long Island, where the wintry mix is likely to linger for a time,’ AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Sadvary said.
The bad weather even forced The People’s Convoy, heading to Washington DC to protest COVID mask and vaccine mandates, to reroute
By Thursday afternoon, 2,020 flights entering, leaving and traveling within the U.S. have been canceled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com