Two storms are forecast to move through the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and part of the Northeast beginning Sunday, February 17, and lasting until Thursday, February 21. The first storm is predicted to begin on Sunday and bring 7.5-15 cm (3-6 in) with up to 30 cm (12 in) to the western portions of the Midwest, including Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, with 2.5-7.5 cm (1-3 in) of snow mixed with rain or freezing rain in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York state, and other neighboring areas. Precipitation is expected to end on Monday, February 18. Transportation disruptions are possible, particularly along I-90.
The second storm is forecast to arrive on late Tuesday, February 19, bringing more moisture and affecting most states east of the Mississippi River. Rain is predicted for the South and snow for northeastern states, though wintry mix and ice is expected in Pennsylvania, around the Mid-Atlantic region, and in the Appalachians around Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Dangerous driving conditions are possible throughout the area, particularly along I-95, I-70, I-80, I-76, I-79, and I-81, and flight disruptions, including delays and cancelations, are possible from Washington (DC) to Boston (Massachusetts) and as far west as Detroit (Michigan), Indianapolis (Indiana) and St. Louis (Missouri). Power and telecommunication disruptions are similarly possible in the affected regions.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, maintain flexible travel itineraries, and anticipate power outages and transportation disruptions, including flight cancelations and delays and adverse driving conditions.
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