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More frozen precipitation is headed for the Midwest and Northeast — and even the South again — on Monday and then a second storm will leave those areas, as well as the Great Lakes and Plains, in snowy or rainy conditions through Wednesday, meteorologists predict.
Sandwiched by extreme cold and the upcoming snow, Super Bowl weekend in the northeast was surprisingly mild at 50 degrees with hardly any precipitation. The respite will be short lived though, with the first dusting of snow expected at dawn in the Northeast on Monday, according to The Weather Channel.
The snow will progress to the Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and even northwest Texas.
Still, most states won’t see more than four inches of accumulation during the first storm, and ice is not expected to be a big problem.
But southeastern Oklahoma has the potential to be an exception, where ice accumulation could be heavy enough to affect power lines, Weather.com said.
Across the Plains and Midwest, temperatures are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees below average for this time of the year, according to the National Weather Service.
California may even see some flurries and showers as a result of Monday’s storm system, according to the National Weather Service. The state is suffering from a severe drought after one of the driest years on record.
A second storm will bring rain to the Northeast, as the region warms up on Tuesday, but the Midwest might see a “significant swath of snow” in the middle of the week, Weather.com said.
Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan could also all get six or more inches of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday, Weather.com predicted.
Millions in the U.S. have already suffered from an unforgiving winter, especially through the month of January, and they might not get a break for a while.
Meanwhile on Sunday, the revered weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil — a groundhog — saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter.