A major winter storm was ongoing Friday over eastern Europe.
Snow was falling from the western Ukraine and Slovakia northeastward into Belarus and western Russia.
Snowfall blanketed Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Thursday and Thursday night while more than 6 inches of rain fell in the lower elevation capital city of Podgorica to the south in Montenegro.
The storm was winding down in Belgrade, Serbia, on Friday following more than 3 inches of fresh snow in the area. The storm began as a thunderstorm before eventually changing to a heavy snowfall.
Hungary was also hit hard by this storm with 3-6 inches of heavy wet snow falling around the capital city of Budapest. More than 100,000 homes were reportedly without power across the country.
Friday brought heavy snowfall to Minsk and Moscow where historic March snowfalls are expected. Snowfall totals of a foot or more will be possible before the storm ends Friday night.
A high rate of snowfall, potentially 2-3 inches per hour, as well as strong winds and blowing and drifting snow will make this a dangerous debilitating storm-- even a blizzard.
The storm is expected to weaken as it moves northeastward across Russia on Saturday causing some light snowfall.
A brief period of tranquil weather is expected across the entire region on Sunday and Monday; however, another storm system will bring unsettled weather by Monday night into Tuesday.
Thumbnail image: Two elderly Russian women walk over the snow-covered Red Square, with a historical museum building seen at the background, in downtown Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev).
By Jim Andrews and Eric Leister, AccuWeather Meteorologists
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast for the start of March.
The beginning of March marks the start of meteorological spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but this does not signal the end of winter weather in the United States.
Yet another winter storm will take aim at the Northeast and Midwest This week with widespread ice and flooding concerns.
Snow and ice is kicking off March across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as yet another winter storm moves into the area.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
The week kicked off with a heavy snow expanding across areas of the Four Corners states before striking the South with snow and ice, causing treacherous travel from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Memphis, Tennessee.
Eastern U.S. (1991)
Record Warmth... Location New Record Old Record Erie, PA 64 59/1946 Hartford, CT 60 59/1972 Boston, MA 63 62/1972 Detroit, MI 58T 58/1883
South Dakota (1998)
A storm snowfall total of 94 inches since February 25th in Galena. 90 inches in Lead.
Wellington, WA (1910)
Greatest avalanche disaster in U.S. history. Train swept from tracks at Wellington, killing 98 people.