- Nearly 90 million Americans were under some form of winter weather alert.
- In South Dakota and Minnesota, dozens of schools canceled classes on Friday.
- For Saturday, snow is expected in parts of Pennsylvania, New York and much of New England.
Nearly 90 million Americans are under a winter weather alert on Friday as an expansion The storm is expected to create dangerous travel conditions from the plains to the northeast of the USA. UU. During the weekend, forecasters warn.
Already on Friday, a plane slipped off a taxiway at the Kansas City International Airport due to icy conditions that also forced the closure of schools, universities and government offices in many areas.
Delta Airlines A319 was rolling from the terminal on Friday morning when the nose wheel fell off the taxiway pavement. Authorities said there are no known injuries on that flight.
Forecasters issued a snowstorm warning for parts of the Upper Midwest when the storm began to accumulate. In South Dakota and Minnesota, dozens of schools canceled classes on Friday before the expected snowfall during the day.
In Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly closed state offices in the Topeka area, urging people to “stay safe and warm, take precaution and allow road crews to do their job.”
The combination of snow and strong winds will cause fading conditions and considerable drift, AccuWeather said. Traveling will be “difficult to impossible,” the weather service office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota warned.
Some of the heaviest snowfall will fall on Friday and Friday night in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, AccuWeather said, possibly accumulating one foot in some areas.
The storm should cause “a fairly widespread area of travel difficulty in central United States for Friday night, with very slippery roads and poor local visibility,” the weather service said.
In Iowa, the Des Moines weather service warned that wet and heavy snow will combine with accumulations of ice and gusty winds to cause the threat of downed power lines and tree branches.
Freezing rain is also expected from the southern plains to the middle Mississippi Valley and the Mid-Atlantic region, the weather service said.
For Saturday, moderate to heavy snowfall is expected in parts of Pennsylvania, New York and much of New England. A foot of snow or more could accumulate in parts of the Central Appalachians and New England.
Further south, “it is likely that enough snow and ice will fall with this storm to create a slippery trip from Washington, DC and Baltimore to New York City with an overall forecast of an inch or two for these areas along the Interstate 95, “said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Dombek.
Behind this storm, the strong winds that blow over the Great Lakes, still warm and still frozen, will make bands of heavy snowfall with a lake effect on Sunday, possibly persisting until Monday in the lake’s snow belts, Weather Channel said.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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