The winter storm that brought snow and ice to a large swath of the country as it barreled across the U.S. this week was forecast to reach the Northeast on Wednesday.
The storm began strengthening in the Southwest on Monday, arrived in the Ohio Valley by Tuesday night and was expected to start impacting the Northeast by Wednesday, according to AccuWeather.
The heaviest snowfall is expected to land in northern New York through Maine, where some residents can expect a foot of snow or more.
Parts of the central Appalachians were also expecting snow by early morning on Wednesday, Accuweather said.
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Winter storm warnings in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine
Parts of New York will be under a winter storm warning on Wednesday, with some warnings in the state extending to Thursday, the National Weather Service in Albany said.
Heavy precipitation and total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches were expected in northern and eastern parts of New York, along with ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch and wind gusts as high as 35 mph.
And the winter weather warnings extend north of New York, to New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
A winter storm warning remains in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. on Thursday in parts of Maine. Total snow accumulations between 6 and 10 inches were expected in south central, southwest, west central and western Maine, according to the National Weather Service in Maine.
The weather service warned that if you must travel in the hazardous winter weather, you should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle.
Midwest wakes up to snow
A “narrow band of over 6 inches of snow” began to impact the region Wednesday, according to AccuWeather.
Winter storm warnings were in effect until Wednesday evening in parts of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, which were forecast to see snow accumulations ranging from 5 to 9 inches, the National Weather Service said.
Meanwhile, rain lasted longer than expected overnight across much of Missouri, dampening snow accumulations in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and leading a winter storm warning to be downgraded to a winter weather advisory Wednesday.
Winter weather advisory extends south to Virginia
A winter weather advisory also remains in effect from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the northern Virginia Blue Ridge and central Virginia Blue Ridge, according to the National Weather Service in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington.
Snow accumulations of up to one inch are expected, and commuters should plan on slippery road conditions.