Snow, ice and rain to streak across Ohio Valley, lower mid-Atlantic through Saturday
By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
February 16, 2019, 5:10:37 AM EST
A storm that gathered over the central United States on Friday is streaking eastward into the mid-Atlantic through Saturday.
On Friday, snow accompanied a major cooldown over much of the Plains and Midwest. For example, in Chicago, temperatures peaked near 50 F on Thursday afternoon, but plummeted to the single digits by early Friday morning.
Snow spread from Rapid City, South Dakota, through Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, leaving behind a general 3 to 6 inches of accumulation.
One to 2 inches accumulated around St. Louis, with higher amounts to the south of the city.
A deadly pileup occurred on Interstate 70 near Kansas City on Friday afternoon, shutting down the highway for several hours. This was just one of many accidents reported across the region on Friday.
An icy mix fell to the south of the snow zone, with 0.20-0.25 of an inch of freezing rain reported around Paducah, Kentucky, late Friday.
Snow and ice will sweep from Kentucky to southern West Virginia and central Virginia through Saturday.
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Since temperatures soared into the 50s and 60s F across this corridor on Friday, snow will have to fall at a rapid pace to accumulate on roads.
However, motorists should remain cautious as isolated slick spots can develop, especially in the higher terrain.
Be sure to leave extra time to get to your destination, and download the AccuWeather app to see when snow or ice will begin in your area.
A more significant storm is expected to move through the Northeast around the middle of next week.
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