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Weekend Snow, Ice to Threaten an 1,800-Mile Corridor From Central to Eastern US

A storm forecast to develop over Texas will spread a swath of disruptive snow, ice and rain from the Plains and Midwest to the East this weekend.

A swath of snow and ice will stretch along a path topping 1,800 miles from Colorado to Maine.

The storm will create a slew of travel problems ranging from icy and snow-covered roads to airline delays and probable flight cancellations.

While this will be a warmer storm compared to last weekend, some snow and ice will fall on areas hit with the same from the storm last weekend in the Central and Eastern states.

The track of the warmer storm will draw up a great deal of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and later the Atlantic Ocean. The result will be a long swath of heavy precipitation. The surge of warmth will bring its share of problems.

Snow and/or a wintry mix will fall on Denver; Wichita, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis; Chicago; Indianapolis; Cleveland; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; New York City; Boston; and Portland, Maine.

While areas from Nashville to Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, will receive mostly rain at the height of the storm, initial precipitation will occur as ice or a wintry mix.

According to Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity, "Enough rain could fall on portions of Kentucky, West Virginia and part of Virginia to raise the risk of flooding."

"Thunderstorms with hail and strong wind gusts are also possible, centered on Arkansas," Margusity added.

Snow, a wintry mix or even rain will raise problems beyond that of slippery travel and airline delays.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Mark Paquette, "We are very concerned about the added weight triggering a new round of roof collapses in New England and parts of upstate New York."

The storm is likely to transition from snow to ice and rain along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts. However, just enough cold air may linger near the ground to cause an extended period of icing farther inland.

"There is the possibility of a heavy amount of freezing rain and sleet in parts of northern and western Virginia to southern and eastern New England," Paquette said.

Should a heavy amount of freezing rain occur versus sleet, there could be downed trees and numerous power outages to contend with.

Due to the depth and coldness of the snow cover, widespread flooding problems are not expected with the brief thaw the storm brings to the Northeast. However, should temperatures climb higher than expected with more plain rain, rather than ice and snow, flooding problems associated with ice jams along streams and rivers could develop beyond sporadic incidents.

Another dose of frigid air will follow the storm, so any areas made wet by the rain and thaw will freeze in its wake.