A winter storm warning stretching from New Mexico to Ohio was in effect Tuesday morning – impacting more than 18.5 millionpeople, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy snow was forecast in states across the central U.S. this week. With dropping temperatures, some areas also saw rainfall turn into snow early Tuesday.
Much of Indiana can expect 4 to 8 inches of snow, with larger amounts up to 11 inches north and west of Indianapolis, according to NWS Indianapolis. And northwest Arkansas could see 6 to 10 inches of snow through early Wednesday, NWS Little Rock said.
In addition to the winter storm warning – which impacts parts of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan – people across the country faced additional weather warnings and advisories Tuesday.
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“Contiguous Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories stretch for over 1800 miles from New Mexico to New York,” NWS Little Rock wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Winter weather hazards are expected along this corridor over the next 48 hours.”
More than 34.3 million people from the Southwest to the Northeast are under a winter weather advisory, NWS said, and a winter storm watch spread across multiple states in the Northeast. High and dangerous winds, with threats of potential tornadoes, were also seen in the South.
Here’s what you need to know.
Snow forecast for Tuesday
In addition to Indiana and Arkansas, states across the U.S. were forecast to see snow Tuesday and in the coming days.
Winter storm watch extends into Northeast
Also on Tuesday, a winter storm watch extended into the Northeast U.S. – notably parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 100,000 electric customers were without power in those states, the majority of which were in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, according to tracker PowerOutage.us.
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Monday’s snowfall in Maine, New Hampshire; More to come Wednesday
Heavy snow already fallen in much of the Northeast, with storm totals exceeding over one foot of snow in some areas as of Monday.
Parts of Maine and New Hampshire saw snowfall totals ranging from 2 to 17 inches in the system that plowed through the region earlier this week, the NWS office in Portland, Mainereported Monday night.
Some areas could see an additional 6 inches or more in the coming days, the Portland NWS office said Tuesday, noting that precipitation will “gradually switch to rain from south to north by Thursday morning.”
NWS Boston also noted that more snowfall was expected across New England on Wednesday, with 4 to 6 inches expected in parts of northern Massachusetts for Wednesday into Thursday.
“This next storm will pack a ‘front end punch,’ with most accumulation occurring overnight,” NWS Boston said.
Winter weather leads to car crashes, deaths
Heavy snowfall has also led to dangerous travel conditions – and fatal car crashes.
In New Hampshire, state police said they had responded to 90 “crashes and vehicles that have gone off the road” between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET on Monday. White out conditions and snow-covered roadways created “hazardous traveling conditions,” police said.
Amid Monday’s and Sunday’s winter weather, fatal car crashes have been reported.
- On Sunday evening, a 31-year-old Massachusetts man died in a wrong-way crash on I-290, Massachusetts State Police said.
- And in Rhode Island, a 25-year-old woman died in a I-95 crash early Monday, NBC Boston and the Boston Globe reported.