Major winter storm affects areas in the from the southern Plains to Great Lakes and eastward through the weekend with heavy rain, heavy snow, ice, and severe weather.
An area of low pressure gradually intensifies as it makes its way into northeast TX by this evening, shifts northeast making it into central IN by Saturday evening before picking up speed as it moves through the southeast Ontario/southern Quebec/northern New England region Saturday overnight and Sunday.
For the winter side of this storm, accumulating snowfall is expected to occur from northeast KS northeastward to northern lower MI with significant accumulations possible from central IA to northern lower MI including Des Moines, IA, Milwaukee, WI, and Alpena, MI. Ice accumulations will also be possible from central KS northeastward to central lower MI and eastward into northern New England including Salina, KS, Rockford, IL, Kenosha, WI, and Lansing, MI.
On the spring-like side of the storm, several inches of rain are expected from southeast OK northeastward to southeast lower MI including Fort Smith, AR, St. Louis, MO, Indianapolis, IN, and Detriot, MI. There is also the potential for severe weather outbreak with storms developing in southeast OK and Northeast TX by this afternoon and eventually becoming a squall line that will move east through the lower Mississippi River Valley tonight and early Saturday, and into AL, the FL panhandle, and western GA by Saturday afternoon and evening before beginning to weaken late Saturday evening and overnight. Initially, all severe hazards will be possible with a transition to mainly a wind and a few tornadoes threat late tonight and Saturday.