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Accumulating snow to coat Ohio River Valley on Wednesday

By By Renee Duff, meteorologist
January 21, 2016, 2:15:45 PM EST

A storm moving across the central Plains will bring a swath of accumulating snow and the potential for travel disruptions through Wednesday.

“A system will track across the eastern United States through Wednesday, spreading snow from Tennessee to Kentucky, to parts of Ohio and West Virginia," AccuWeather Meteorologist Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said.

Most areas across the Missouri Valley received between 1 and 3 inches of snow, causing travel disruptions. Some localized areas received 4 inches, mainly across central Missouri.


A widespread 1-3 inches of snow is forecast to fall across the area from Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville; Asheville, North Carolina, and Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday.

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In addition to the snow, enough warm air could mix with the cold air already in place to produce a narrow swath of icy conditions farther to the south.

Areas from northern Arkansas into western Tennessee were impacted by a light coating of sleet and freezing rain, leading to dangerous road conditions during Tuesday night.

As this system swings eastward, the potential for accumulating snow will diminish east of the Appalachians.


However, even in diminished state there can still be a couple of locally heavy snow showers that reach the coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic region.

A wintery mix may even make it as far south as northern Georgia, on Wednesday afternoon or evening before the precipitation fizzles out.

While the midweek storm will fade moving toward the Atlantic coast, a storm that follows on Friday into Saturday has the potential to bring a major snowfall and travel disruptions from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

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