More than 180 million Americans on alert for severe weather

Americans in 30 states could see severe weather Thursday through Friday.

Americans in at least 30 states are on high alert for snow, ice, flooding and tornadoes as storms sweep through the eastern half of the country.

They could bring damaging winds across the Deep South Thursday through Friday.

Excessive rains could lead to flooding in the Ohio Valley and northeastern interior and ice jams are possible in the eastern Great Lakes.

Winter weather is expected from Wichita to Detroit. A half foot of snow and sleet is expected through Thursday evening.

A tornado watch is in place for Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi until 6 p.m. Central Time.

A few tornadoes are likely in addition to wind gusts up to 75 mph.

Very heavy rains and flood threats extend to Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Heavy snowfall falls Thursday afternoon from Wichita to Chicago, with more than 9 inches of snow already reported in the Kansas City area.

Storms will continue in Tennessee and Mississippi Thursday night with severe weather extending from Louisville to Nashville to Birmingham.

Heavy rains and threats of flooding will move east through the Ohio Valley and into the northeast interior from Cincinnati to Buffalo.

Chicago could potentially see between 1 to 4 inches of snow and 4 to 8 inches of snow in Detroit by Thursday evening.

A storm moves into the northeast Thursday evening through early Friday morning, with rain likely.

Heavy showers are expected overnight, with possible thunder as the storm moves through the I-95 corridor in the early morning.

High wind warnings are in place along the coast from Long Island to Cape Cod, where gusts could exceed 60 miles per hour. Winds could cause damage and power outages by Friday morning.

Parts of the Denver metro area received more than a half-foot of snow overnight Wednesday through Thursday, causing slippery roads and the closure of parts of I-70.

ABC News

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