With more than 160 million Americans facing the threat of inclement weather and floods, Minnesota has announced that it will close all public schools on Wednesday because of the threat of an inch of snow per hour ride in the morning.
The Baltimore area and Washington DC were gearing up for the same thing – an inch an hour of white stuff – early Wednesday as well. With few exceptions, the federal government said it was closing all offices for the day, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
More than 40 percent of the 1,700 canceled flights on Wednesday were due to land or take off from Washington or Baltimore airports, according to FlightAware.
While a strong winter storm is about to produce a mix of snow, slush, freezing rain and possible floods throughout most of the eastern United States until On Thursday, southeastern residents must prepare for floods, with forecasters predicting violent storms along the Gulf Coast. The Ohio Valley is also threatened by severe flooding.
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Bad weather is expected across the country, two distinct storms – one on each coast – bringing weather warnings, warnings and warnings to the north of the United States.
Much of the northwestern Pacific is under warnings or watches in winter time. Las Vegas can expect an inch or two of snow and those living in the mountains of Southern California should prepare for the deep snow. Phoenix is under a freeze warning.
Abundant snow warnings are posted from Nebraska to Michigan, with cities like Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Minneapolis waiting for more than 6 inches of snow.
Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit and Cleveland are also scheduled to merge. All of these people are under review and can expect to see at least 3 inches of snow, slush and freezing rain.
East Coast takes the shock
With 3 to 6 inches of snow expected in Washington and Baltimore, winter weather conditions are expected to continue until Thursday. As the warmer air mixes, it could leave a thin layer of ice – about 1/10 inch – on roads and other surfaces in the area.
Snow or ice is expected from Philadelphia north to Boston. A few inches of snow could fall in the area before going to rain.
The heaviest snow, from 4 to 8 inches, is expected in the Appalachians from North Carolina to Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service announced Tuesday afternoon that some areas near the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania will receive up to 20 cm of snow.
Students in the Philadelphia School District – the eighth largest in the country in terms of registrations – were asked to stay home Wednesday, but building engineers and administrators were instructed to report for work.
The south, especially Tennessee, will get wet
Rain has already hit the area and forecasters plan to wait an extra 2 to 4 inches of rain, with 5-7 inches expected in parts of Tennessee, including Memphis and Nashville, until the end of the week.
Birmingham, Alabama; Louisville, Kentucky; Lexington, Kentucky; and Charleston, West Virginia, also face the threat of major floods.
Several waves of rain will hit North Georgia this week. Atlanta is likely to receive 2 to 3 inches of rain, with a higher amount expected in the mountains to the north.
Areas in northern Alabama saw flash flood warnings on Tuesday night. The Office of the National Weather Service of Birmingham said some areas could receive 5 inches of rain by Friday morning.
Dave Hennen from CNN contributed to this report.