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Major winter storm to bring heavy snow, rain over MLK weekend

Major winter storm to bring heavy snow, rain over MLK weekend
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Forecasters have warned that a major winter storm system is expected to sweep parts of the United States with heavy snow and rain over the weekend in Martin Luther King, Jr.

Heavy snow may fall over the upper and central Mississippi Valley Friday, with freezing rain likely over parts of South Carolina and the southern Appalachians this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“The snow will lead to reduced visibility and dangerous driving conditions,” the weather service said.

The system is already producing snowfall in the northern plains and upper Midwest, with heavy snow falling in parts of Minnesota and Iowa at rates ranging from one to two inches per hour. 51 million people received warnings, watches, and warnings of winter storms from the upper Midwest to the Southeast and the Inland Northeast.

In a weekend forecast, NBC “TODAY” weather presenter Al Roker said the storm system could bring six to 12 inches of snow extending from Dakota to Missouri.

Rain is also forecast for parts of the central Mississippi Valley Friday evening through Saturday morning, with isolated pockets of freezing rain possible, according to the Weather Service.

The Weather Service said rain will spill into the Tennessee Valleys on Saturday and turn to snow by evening, with snow expected in parts of Arkansas.

The National Weather Service said rain is expected Saturday night to move into parts of the Southeast, where it turns to snow over parts of the Tennessee Valley.

Snowfall is also expected to develop over parts of the central and southern Appalachian Mountains, with pockets of rain and freezing rain likely to develop over the Carolinas and southern Appalachians during Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, strong gale-force winds are expected over parts of the northeast Friday afternoon into Saturday morning with high pressure over eastern central Canada and a low pressure area moving north off the Carolina coast toward the northeast coast.

Light snow is expected in parts of the northeast on Friday, with heavy snow expected over parts of southeast Maine overnight on Friday.

Rucker said the system is expected to move south before making its way up the East Coast into Sunday and Monday, bringing heavy winds and rain if it continues along its projected path.

On Sunday, a winter mix is ​​expected to hit parts of the Southeast, including Atlanta, as a major ice storm unfolds across the Carolinas.

Heavy snow along the Appalachian Mountains is also expected to increase in coverage and density as snow moves into the mid-Atlantic, including in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

By Monday, there will likely be a mix of rain and snow on Interstate 95, with heavy snow expected to the north and west across inland locations.

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