- The greatest chance of disruptive snow extends from south-central Kansas to central Missouri, northern Illinois and central Michigan.
- 11 states are in a severe weather hazard zone from Texas to Virginia.
- Heavy rains could also lead to dangerous flash flooding from the southern Plains to southern Appalachia.
Buckle up: A large-scale, multi-hazard storm will make life wet and miserable for the central, southern and eastern United States Wednesday through Friday morning.
Heavy snowfall, a wintry mix, torrential rains with possible flooding and severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes are all on the way, the National Weather Service said.
On the cold side of the storm, it will likely snow Wednesday and Thursday from northern Texas to northern New England, AccuWeather said. The Weather Service said the greatest chance of disruptive snow extends from south-central Kansas to central Missouri, northern Illinois and central Michigan.
Slippery and potentially dangerous travel and school delays or cancellations are possible in Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago, where up to a half-foot of snow is possible.
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On the northwest flank of the storm, heavy snowfall could combine with strong gusty winds to create limited visibility and localized whiteout or even blizzard conditions, AccuWeather said.
The weather system was named Winter Storm Miles by The Weather Channel.
11 States under threat of a violent storm
The warmer side of the storm will bring a risk of severe storms and tornadoes to the south-central United States from Wednesday evening through Thursday, and 11 states from Texas to Virginia are at risk for severe weather.
Severe thunderstorms are possible after dark on Wednesday, AccuWeather meteorologists warned, and all forms of severe weather are possible, including damaging wind gusts, large hail and isolated tornadoes.
The threat of severe weather is expected to move east and into parts of the south-central and southeast through Thursday evening, the weather service said.
Heavy rains could also lead to dangerous flash flooding from the southern Plains to southern Appalachia from Wednesday night through Thursday night, the weather service warned.
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Severe weather will settle into part of the warm sector of the storm, pushing temperatures to spring-like levels in the 50s, 60s and 70s in the East and the 60s, 70s and 80s in the southern states. south-central, according to AccuWeather.
The storm is expected to leave the East Coast by Friday, Weather.com said. According to Weather.com, rain is mostly expected all along the northeast coast into Maine, given the milder air ahead of the system.