Storm to drop snow, ice and threaten travel disruptions across central US into Thursday
By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
November 15, 2018, 3:02:18 PM EST
A storm will spread locally heavy snow, produce ice and cause travel problems from Missouri and Kentucky to Michigan and Ohio into Thursday night.
The storm is tapping into unusually cold air for the middle of November over the Central states. Temperatures dipped to the freezing mark as far south as central Texas and the Interstate 20 corridor of the lower Mississippi Valley.
The storm produced some snow in Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi and in a large part of Arkansas during of Wednesday morning.
Two people died and 44 more injured on Wednesday afternoon after a tour bus overturned in DeSoto County, Mississippi, amid slick road conditions, according to the Associated Press.
However, the heaviest snow and ice from the storm west of the Appalachians moving forward into Thursday evening will extend from near St. Louis to part of northern Illinois, southern Michigan and part of Ohio.
This area can expect a general storm total of 1-4 inches of snow with amounts locally between 6 and 10 inches.
Accumulating snow is forecast to remain south of Milwaukee, but part of Chicago will just get into enough snow to cause slippery conditions. The stretch from Gary, Indiana, to Detroit and Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, along I-80, I-90 and I-94 will be a mess with a few inches of snow and some ice making for slippery and dangerous travel.
Ice accrued on power lines, trees and other elevated surfaces in large portions of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky during Wednesday night. Power outages, tree and property damage was widespread. More than 240,000 utility customers were without power in these three states along as of daybreak Thursday, according to poweroutage.us.
For a more precise forecast on the amount of snow and ice for your location as well as the start time of the storm, download the free AccuWeather app.
"Students should still do their homework assignments, but there are likely to be many closures on Thursday and some schools may be delayed or closed on Friday," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek.
There may be enough snow to shovel around Indianapolis as well as Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.
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Even so, motorists and pedestrians should use caution as roads and sidewalks that appear wet may have a sheen of ice on them, known as black ice.
In many areas from Kentucky to Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and southern Michigan that experienced a change to ice and rain, a change back to snow at the end of the storm could bring a quick accumulation from late Thursday to Thursday night.
In the wake of the storm, the air will not be tremendously cold but temperatures will still run 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below average for the middle of November this weekend. Typical highs range from the middle 40s across the northern tier to the lower 70s along the Gulf coast.
No widespread areas of heavy snow are forecast through Wednesday which will be a plus for Thanksgiving travel.
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