A major snowstorm will strike the U.S. Midwest and Northeast this weekend, with roughly 100 million people reportedly under some form of a winter storm watch, warning or advisory.
With roads becoming snow and ice covered, travel conditions will be hazardous.
New York City is expected to see snow, but details are still uncertain.
Utility companies are getting ready, especially in parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island where snow Saturday is expected to be followed by rain, sleet and freezing rain Sunday morning. Northeast winds will gust as high as 40 miles per hour late this afternoon and tonight.
Originally forecast to bring 18 to 24 inches to Greater Bangor, the storm, as of noon, dropped only 2.7 inches of snow over the area.
The storm prompted the cancellation of almost 1,000 flights at Chicago's airports on Saturday. At the same time, a "strong surge" of Arctic air (likely from the weakening of the polar vortex) has moved down through Canada and merged with the system, creating a very wide air mass with the capacity to produce lots of snow. Areas where the storm had already moved out by midday faced bitter cold and strong winds.
More than 460 flights were cancelled Saturday morning at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Dangerously cold wind chills; temperatures will feel below zero all day
According to the NWS, wind chill values in Bemidji, Brainerd and Grand Rapids could dip to 46 degrees below zero Thursday night. The service issued a wind chill warning for Cortland for the "dangerously cold wind chills expected" from 6 tonight until 7 p.m.
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The storm, the second in the country this year, will dump mass amounts of snow and ice in the North and heavy rains and severe weather in the South over the weekends.
In Nebraska, authorities closed Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Friday afternoon after a Southwest Airlines plane slid off an ice-slicked runway.
Winter storm warnings have been issued for the Poconos. No one was injured.
Then as we head into Dr. Martin Luther King Day, we could see flash freezing from late Sunday night into Monday morning, with possible wind chills of 15 to 20 degrees below zero.
Amtrak canceled train service from Chicago to Boston, Washington, D.C., and NY on Saturday and canceled and modified several routes that originate and end on the East Coast on Sunday.
The storm was expected to bring up to 10 inches (25 centimetres) of snow to the Midwest before walloping the Northeast on Sunday.