New Year Starts With Major Storm Bringing Snow, Sleet, and Freezing Rain

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New Year’s Day begins with a major storm stretching across half of the country bringing warnings for snow and ice that spans from Texas, across the Midwest to the Ohio Valley, and into the Northeast extending to Maine.

Also in today’s forecast: Thunderstorms and rain for the South, Southeast, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. While to the west, so fall for portions of the Northwest and Northern Rockies, as well as high winds and portions of the Northwest, northern Rockies, West, and Southwest.

Major ice storm and snow extends from central US to Northeast

A major storm bringing snow, sleet, and ice will extend from north-central Texas across the Midwest into the Ohio Valley and throughout the Northeast to Maine on New Year’s Day.

Travel will be especially dangerous today with icy conditions. If you have to travel, you may want to keep the number of an injury lawyer handy.

As a sign that this storm is going to be a whopper, one only needs to look at Texas. The state was slammed with a year’s worth of snowfall overnight, and the snow fell much farther west and south than forecasters had predicted, which could be an indication that today’s storm may pack a punch.

The New Year’s Day storm will affect portions of Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

*See below for area-specific weather alerts.

Snow in the West

Snow and mixed precipitation for portions Northwest and Northern Rockies, including: northern California; central and south-central Oregon; central Washington; central and eastern Idaho; western Montana; west-central and northwestern Wyoming.

NWS weather alerts for January 1, 2020

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a number of weather alerts for New Year’s Day.

Ice storm warning: central and east-central Illinois; east-central Ohio; central and western Pennsylvania; extreme western Maryland.

Winter storm warning: north-central Texas; central Oklahoma; southeastern Kansas; southwestern central northwestern and eastern Missouri; west-central and northwestern Illinois; eastern Iowa; northern New Hampshire; southern and northern Maine.

Winter weather advisory: north-central Texas; western, central and northeastern Oklahoma; southeastern and eastern Kansas; Missouri; southeastern Iowa; central Illinois; central and northern Indiana; central and southern Michigan; Ohio; Pennsylvania; eastern West Virginia; western Virginia; New York; Connecticut; central and western Massachusetts; Vermont; New Hampshire; Maine.

High wind warnings, watches, and advisories: western Oregon; central and north-central Montana; southeastern Wyoming; western Nebraska; southwestern and southeastern California; southern Nevada; northwestern Arizona.

Thunderstorms for the South, Ohio Valley, and East

The eastern half of the country will also see some thunderstorms and rain on New Year’s Day. Thunderstorms are forecast over portions of the South, Ohio Valley, Southeast, and mid-Atlantic on Friday.

Areas that could be affected by thunderstorms or rain today are: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, southern Illinois and Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey.

Rain is in the forecast for the southern regions of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.