(Doyle Rice) The unrelenting parade of winter storms continued Wednesday as a swath of snow, sleet, ice and rain was set to fall from Texas to the Northeast, a distance of about 1,500 miles.
Close to 100 million people will be affected by the storm, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Snow should be mainly light in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas but should fall heavily at times from the middle part of the Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic.
As much as 6-12 inches of snow is possible in portions of Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Sosnowski said. Both Louisville and Cincinnati could see their largest snowfall of the year.
“If predictions hold, we are looking at, perhaps, the most significant winter weather of the season,” Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said. “Our crews will be out there working hard to get the roads cleared.”
Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City will all see accumulating snow overnight Wednesday and into Thursday. The Weather Channel has named the storm Winter Storm Thor.
Boston is forecast to see only about 1-2 inches, which could be enough to set the record for its snowiest winter season. As of now, 105.7 inches of snow has fallen in the city, just 1.9 inches short of the record, according to the National Weather Service.
Farther south, a swath of freezing rain and sleet will lead to treacherous travel in cities such as Dallas, Little Rock and Nashville. Even farther south of that, plain rain will pelt the Gulf Coast and Deep South.
Ferocious cold is the main story in the northern Plains on Wednesday, as wind-chill temperatures dip to minus-40 degrees in the Dakotas and Minnesota. The rest of the Plains and upper Midwest will also be bitterly cold.
That cold air, albeit not as frigid as in the northern Plains, will then sweep across much of the central and eastern USA by later Thursday and into Friday, potentially setting dozens of record low temperatures.
Some cities could see their coldest temperatures in decades for so late in the season, according to the Weather Channel.
Meanwhile, record warmth is possible Wednesday in Florida, as high temperatures approach 90 degrees in some spots.