2 major winter storms hitting U.S. this weekend

 cbsnews.com  03/03/2019 04:48:00  2

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Winter storm brings snow and rain across U.S.


There are two winter storms that may affect nearly the entire U.S. this weekend. A massive storm on the West Coast will soon march across the country, but the first storm is already doing work up and down the East Coast.

A National Weather Service team confirmed that a tornado caused some serious damage last night west of Columbia, South Carolina.


Follow updates from regions affected by the storm across the U.S.

The heaviest snow is expected to reach Missouri and Kansas between 2 and 6 a.m., the National Weather Service tweeted. Road conditions will quickly deteriorate overnight and into Sunday as snow, blowing/drifting snow, and low visibilities develop across the forecast area, the National Weather Service said.

Road conditions will quickly deteriorate overnight and into Sunday as snow, blowing/drifting snow, and low visibilities develop across the forecast area. That said, you now have the perfect excuse to stay home and binge watch your favorite TV show. #kcwx #mowx #kswx pic.twitter.com/a8SOSNEvi1

— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) March 2, 2019

The National Weather Service estimated up to eight inches of snow are expected in Boston, while five inches of snow could fall in New York through Monday night.

The storm will move quickly through the Northeast Coast and into Nova Scotia, the National Weather Service said.

The latest snowfall forecast for the upcoming storm that will be moving quickly across the Eastern US Sunday and Sunday night and off the Northeast Coast toward Nova Scotia on Monday. pic.twitter.com/JSSwKFnwJ2

— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) March 3, 2019

The storm's first round coated roads and sidewalks with a few inches of fluffy snow, CBS News' Kenneth Craig reports.

"It's really beautiful, I stopped and took so many pictures walking in here with the snow," said New Haven resident Colleen Lynch.

Drivers had a "tough go" in one of the oldest cities in the united states -- Taunton, Massachusetts.

In Philadelphia, crews shoveling sidewalks said the task comes with benefits.

"We are plowing, salting, very wet, heavy snow. No need to hit the gym, we've got our gym right here," said Bryan Miller.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been slammed with snow -- over *200 inches*of it has come down this winter.

Almost 90 inches of snow fell in February.

In Marquette, Michigan, skiers have a bounty -- and are taking it in stride:

"We've had some monster snow packs this season and some of us extreme skiers we certainly enjoy those conditions," said skier Brandon Croney.

In a sure sign of spring in central Wisconsin, shanties used for ice fishing in frigid conditions will need to be pulled off of frozen lakes.

It's a logistical challenge.

"We can't quite get a truck to get her off," said shanty owner Corbin King.

Any vehicle would get stuck in the three feet of snow surrounding their shanty, so these fishermen relied on another kind of horsepower to get it done: Amish workhorses Buddy and Mark.

"They did all that they could do today, and I am going to give them credit for it," said Lavern Wagler, a horse owner.

In addition to the coast-to-coast storms, there is an enhanced thunderstorm warning for the Southeast, the National Weather Service said. Southern Alabama, southwestern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle could see damaging winds and a few tornadoes, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service has expanded a winter weather advisory to include a large swath of central and eastern Nevada along the U.S. Highway 50 corridor.

The advisory is in effect Saturday from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. in parts of Lander, Eureka and White Pine counties from west of Austin to the east through Ely all the way to the Utah line.

As much of 5 inches of snow is expected to cause travel difficulties with snow-covered roads and limited visibilities.

The storm is expected to move into the Sierra along the California-Nevada line late Friday or early Saturday, with as much as 20 inches of snow possible in the upper elevations around Lake Tahoe and a mix of rain and snow in the valleys around Reno and Sparks.

A thunderstorm and tornado caused damage in the town of Abbeville on Friday. The damage included downed trees and power lines, officials said. A house suffered severe damage after a large tree crashed into it, CBS affiliate WLXT reported.

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In Illinois, the National Weather Service said snow and sub-zero wind chills are expected Sunday and Monday across the state. They're expecting between a 1 and 3 inches of snow by early evening Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to plummet once the snow clears. Wind chills Monday morning in northern Illinois could dip to minus 28.

In Kansas, the weather service said northwestern parts of the state could see up to 8 inches of snow. Eastern parts of the state could see up to 7 inches. The storm is expected to hit Saturday evening and continue into Sunday.

The weather service said areas southeast of Goodland will be hardest hit, with heavy snow, high winds and wind chills dangerously low, reaching around negative 20 degrees.

The storm is expected to make its way to Missouri. The Kansas City area could see up to 6 inches of snow, and the St. Louis area is expected to see up to 5 inches of snow.

In New York, up to three-inches of snow mixed with sleet fell overnight. Temperatures are near-freezing and roadways are slippery.

Forecasters are predicting between three and six inches of snow for most of the state. Northern parts of the state could see up to a foot of snow from Sunday into Monday morning, CBS New York reported.

The National Weather Service said heavy snow is possible from the Central Appalachians to New England.

Boston Public Schools canceled all activities Saturday ahead of the storm and said it would announce if the weather impacted classes on Monday. "We are closely monitoring the forecast, which includes a prediction of a second potential snowstorm on Sunday night," the district said in a statement.

First published on March 2, 2019 / 4:53 PM

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