Thursday will bring more snow to mountains in the West and potential frost to the South, as a swath of the country braces for dangerous storms later this week.
Winter storm conditions spread from California to Montana, Utah and other western states on Thursday, with parts of the Wasatch Mountains expecting up to 2 feet of snow accumulation. And parts of the Southeast are on watch for frost that could kill some sensitive plants.
But later this week, severe storms that may include tornadoes are expected to barrel across the Midwest and South. States from Kansas to Ohio and West Virginia could face thunderstorms, tornadoes and major winds.
The National Weather Service warned that 16.8 million people may live in the highest risk zone, and more than 66 million people could be alert on Friday.
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Mountain regions in the West see more snow
Winter storm conditions extended across western states again on Thursday, after another storm made its way across California this week.
A winter storm watch was in effect for parts of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah through Friday evening, with snow accumulations of up to 2 feet possible and winds gusting up to 70 mph.
A winter weather advisory is in effect in southwest Montana until midnight on Thursday, with up to a foot of snow expected in the area.
And wintry weather isn’t done with the Golden State yet. A winter weather advisory is also in effect until Thursday afternoon in the state’s western San Gabriel Mountains, with snow accumulations of up to a foot on higher peaks.
Frost in the South
A frost advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday in parts of:
- North Carolina
Though temperatures are not expected to reach below 32 degrees in most areas, frost can kill outdoor vegetation if uncovered, the National Weather Service warned.
The more concerning threat could begin to emerge Thursday night and into Friday morning, with the potential for severe weather extending from Texas, through the Plains and up to southern Wisconsin, according to AccuWeather forecasts.
“This severe weather outbreak will bring a widespread threat of damaging winds and is highly likely to produce a number of tornadoes,” AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.
The storms could hit parts of Mississippi and Alabama where residents are still recovering some a series of fatal storms late last week.
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Contributing: Associated Press