It is not just substantial snow accompanying the winter storm crossing the nation, but also a treacherous icy mix with an ice storm set to unfold across parts of the Tennessee and Ohio valleys.
Sleet and/or freezing rain across northern Texas and Oklahoma will continue to expand across more of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys through Sunday night.
Fresh arctic air will continue to have no trouble plunging southward and cause the icy mix to unfold.
Rain changing to a glaze of ice or a rapid freeze up unfolding can even be expected southward to northern Louisiana and northern Mississippi, including Shreveport, La.
Even where only a thin glaze is expected, the icy mix will make untreated roads and sidewalks extremely slick and treacherous.
Substantial freezing rain could also lead to downed power lines and tree branches. AccuWeather.com meteorologists feel that this threat is greatest from central Arkansas to Kentucky and southern West Virginia.
Little Rock, Ark., Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., Cape Girardeau, Mo., Paducah and Lexington, Ky., and Beckley, W. Va., are among the communities that could lose power before Sunday night is over.
Rain will also change to an icy mix across the mid-Atlantic, North Carolina and southward to Florence, S.C., through Monday.
Despite a mild end to the weekend, the ice threatens to create slick travel in Washington, D.C., Richmond, Va., Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte, N.C. Bridges and overpasses would be the first to turn icy.
The icy mix will quickly chance to heavy snow from north of I-85, causing the major travel-disrupting snowstorm to dominate weather headlines.
This weekend will be one of the busiest travel periods of the year across the country as millions people head home from Christmas travels.
A storm will bring bring the risk of flooding from Louisiana to Alabama this weekend, while rain may lead to travel delays in a large part of the South.
A winter storm affecting the United Kingdom will spread rain and disruptive snow to central Europe this weekend.
A storm will spread rain and disruptive snow to from parts of France and Germany to northern Greece and Bulgaria this weekend.
While lacking across a large part of the United States on Christmas Day, arctic air is set to make a comeback during the final days of 2014.
While many bowl games will be played in warmer locales this year, there are others that will face cold and potentially wintry conditions in the Midwest and Northeast.
East Coast (1909)
Severe coastal storm - record high tides in New England. Dover, DE had 24" snow. Philadelphia, PA had 21" snow.
New York City (1947)
Severe snowstorm 25.8" at Battery, 32" in suburbs. Traffic completely stopped - removal cost $8 million 27 died.
PA & NJ North to New England (1969)
6-36" of snow (Dec. 25-28). One of the heaviest in years in New York.