Despite the official arrival of spring, a major winter storm was expected to dump more snow from Colorado to the Ohio Valley through Sunday, forecasters said, warning much of the U.S. would see unseasonably cold weather through the end of March.
Michael Palmer, of weather.com, said that the heaviest band of snow over the next 24 hours would move from eastern Colorado through northern Kansas and into Missouri.
He said Denver was expected to get 5 to 8 inches of snow, with some parts of the High Plains of Colorado and northwest Kansas getting a foot or more.
“Snow, locally heavy, rides eastward along I-70 to Kansas City and St. Louis through Saturday night and Sunday,” Palmer said.
“The heavier snow, potentially 6 to 12 inches plus, then pounds much of Indiana, northern Kentucky and Ohio Sunday into Sunday night,” he added.
Soccer game blizzard
A soccer game between the United States and Costa Rica went ahead Friday night despite the snowy weather. The World Cup 2014 qualifying game was won 1-0 by the U.S. with U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann describing it as "a real snow battle."
But Reuters reported the Costa Ricans were left fuming over the referee's decision to keep playing through a blizzard. Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto told the news agency that the game was an "embarrassment to football" and midfielder Cristian Bolanos was also irate. "It was robbery, a disgrace, I've never played a game in these conditions," the player said.
Palmer said that “very cold air with freezing temps” was expected to last in the East through the end of March.
“The unseasonably cold March temperatures are locked in place across much of the country for the next week or so,” Palmer said.
“Most areas will be 10-30 degrees below average with freezing temps extending deep into the South at times,” he added. “The only areas escaping the chill will be parts of Florida and from the Rio Grand Valley into the Desert Southwest.”
“Many areas of the Upper Midwest are on track to have a top 5 or top 10 coldest March on record after the warmest March just last year.”
Palmer also said that the Mid-Atlantic could expected a “wintry mix changing to snow” late Sunday and into Monday.
“A more northerly track of the system may bring some accumulating snow as far north as New York City on Monday,” he added.
The Gulf Coast was also expected to see severe storms, generally south of I-20 in east Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida on Saturday into Sunday.
“Large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats, but isolated tornadoes are still possible,” Palmer said.
Reuters contributed to this report.