A massive April storm will bring a lot of wild weather to the US from Friday to the weekend.
On the colder side of the storm, heavy snow will cause blizzard conditions in the northern plains and Midwest, with some locations reaching up to 20 inches of snow. Winds as high as 50 miles per hour cause whiteout conditions due to the blowing snow warning National Weather Service in Rapid City, S.D.
The heaviest snow is forecast across northern Nebraska, much of South Dakota and western Minnesota. Flights to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is expected to be postponed or canceled on Saturday.
"The strong wind aspect of the storm, in snow, This can lead to power outages and property damage across a wide range of levels, "said AccuWeather meteorologist Rich Putnam.
Freezing rain could also lead to an ice storm around the northern Great Lakes, along with the northern New York State and northern New England.
The weather channel called the system Winter Storm Xanto.
In the south, an eruption of severe thunderstorms is forecast for parts of the central and southern plains to the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. "The storms can conjure up the whole spectrum of the storm, which is characterized by strong wind, big hail, flash floods, frequent lightning and maybe a tornado," warned AccuWeather.
The same storm system is also expected to hit heavy rains from eastern Texas to western Kentucky with the potential for 1 to 3 inches of rain by early Saturday, the weather service said. Flash flooding is possible in parts of Arkansas and Louisiana.
And in the southwest hot, dry winds bring with them extreme forest fire danger. Dangerous fire conditions are likely to be located in parts of the far south of New Mexico, much of West Texas, and through southwestern and central Oklahoma, the Storm Prediction Center said.
Meanwhile, summer heat spreads on the East Coast on Friday and Saturday to New England, where record high temperatures are possible. Philadelphia will see its first 80-degree days of the year on both Friday and Saturday.
Then a strong cold front on late Sunday and early Monday will bring heavy rains and temperatures will break to early next March-like averages week.
The Boston Marathon, which was scheduled for Monday, was able to run in the 50s in heavy rain and cool temperatures.
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