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Icy conditions coming Midwest Northeast Saturday Sunday following snowfall sparked travel nightmare

At least one person was missing and presumed dead as snow turned to rain and deluged the Pacific Northwest on Friday, causing flooding, landslides and the danger of avalanches.

A 72-year-old man disappeared and is presumed dead after leaving his residence to move his car to higher ground on Friday morning west of Olympia, Washington, in Cosmopolis, according to Grays Harbor Undersheriff Brad Johansson.

The man’s home was on a road that was flooded and authorities fear his vehicle was swept into floodwaters down a steep bank next to his driveway, Johansson said.

Snow and rain forced the closure of parts of Washington State’s two major highways – Interstate 90 and Interstate 5 – with flooding that also swamped roads throughout western Washington and Oregon.

The torrential downpour in the West came after snow pounded the eastern part of the country, cancelling another  5,100 flights to, from and within the United States by Friday night, according to Flightaware.com.

More than 50,000 customers along the West Coast are currently without power, while Virginia was the worst-hit state for power outages in the East, data from poweroutage.us showed.

The snowstorm in the East covered parts of Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland with 6 to 8 inches of powder, and some coastal New England towns saw more than a foot of snow. 

A residential cul-de-sac is covered in floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington State on Friday 

A truck drives along a a road covered in floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

A truck drives along a a road covered in floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

Floodwater flows past an abandoned jeep after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

Floodwater flows past an abandoned jeep after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

A residential cul-de-sac is covered in floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington, shot with a drone from overhead

A residential cul-de-sac is covered in floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington, shot with a drone from overhead

A car drives through water over the road on NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Washington

A car drives through water over the road on NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Washington 

Vehicles drive through water over a street near NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Washington

Vehicles drive through water over a street near NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Washington

People stand in a doorway at Vans Motorsports Co. as water rises in their parking lot, in Centralia, Washington

People stand in a doorway at Vans Motorsports Co. as water rises in their parking lot, in Centralia, Washington

Huge amounts of moisture have been dumped on the Pacific Northwest rain and slow triggering landslides and avalanches

Huge amounts of moisture have been dumped on the Pacific Northwest rain and slow triggering landslides and avalanches

More than a 25 inches of rain fell with three feet of snow falling in some of the more mountainous areas of Washington State

 In southwestern Washington’s Lewis County, a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 had been closed in both directions south of Chehalis because of flooding from the Chehalis River. All lanes of Interstate 5 in that area reopened Friday afternoon.

The major route across Washington’s Cascades – I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass – closed Thursday due to avalanche danger, heavy snow and low visibility. Stevens Pass on US 2, White Pass on US 12 and Blewett Pass on US 97 also closed Thursday.

Transportation officials say the four mountain passes that connect western Washington with eastern Washington likely would remain closed until Sunday because of the dangerous conditions.

And part of one of the only other roads crossing the state, State Route 14 on the Washington side of the Columbia River, closed for several hours on Friday because of a fatal crash near Lyle, Finn said.

Washington State University canceled classes Monday and Tuesday to allow students ample time to return to Pullman in eastern Washington following the severe winter weather, officials said on the university’s website.

Near Stevens Pass northeast of Seattle, the city of Leavenworth declared a state of emergency and asked for National Guard help after 3 feet of snow fell in 24 hours.

City leaders are concerned about the weight of snow on buildings and homes, KCPQ reported.

In Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, firefighters responded to a home that slid down a hillside. Live video from KING appeared to show crews rescuing a person and working to extinguish a fire just outside the home.

A man trapped in the home’s basement was extricated, according to the Seattle Fire Department. A woman escaped on her own while one dog died and another is missing, firefighters said.

Rain was expected to continue for much of the first half of the weekend as the rain moved eastwards

Rain was expected to continue for much of the first half of the weekend as the rain moved eastwards

Winter storm warnings are still in effect for much of the Northwest with flood warnings for western parts of Washington State

Winter storm warnings are still in effect for much of the Northwest with flood warnings for western parts of Washington State

Floodwaters surround a road after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

Floodwaters surround a road after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

A canoe is tied to a home surrounded by floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

A canoe is tied to a home surrounded by floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

Mardy Olsen uses sandbags to redirect the flow of water as floodwaters threaten his home after heavy rain in Chehalis on Friday

Mardy Olsen uses sandbags to redirect the flow of water as floodwaters threaten his home after heavy rain in Chehalis on Friday

A driver tests the water level on a flooded road before driving across after heavy rain in Chehalis. The picture was taken via drone on Friday

A driver tests the water level on a flooded road before driving across after heavy rain in Chehalis. The picture was taken via drone on Friday

A residential cul-de-sac is covered in floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

A residential cul-de-sac is covered in floodwaters after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

This home now appears to have a waterfront view following deluge of rain over the last two days, pictured on Friday

This home now appears to have a waterfront view following deluge of rain over the last two days, pictured on Friday

A person stands in floodwaters as they help a truck towing a food trailer turn around due to high water over a street near NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Washington

A person stands in floodwaters as they help a truck towing a food trailer turn around due to high water over a street near NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Washington

A car drives through water over a street near NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Washington. The latest storm to hit the Pacific Northwest brought flood warnings, the shutdown of a major mountain pass, school closures and icy roads

A car drives through water over a street near NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Washington. The latest storm to hit the Pacific Northwest brought flood warnings, the shutdown of a major mountain pass, school closures and icy roads

A sign warns drivers of a section of Interstate 5 that is closed ahead due to rising flood water from the Chehalis River on Friday  near Rochester, Washington

A sign warns drivers of a section of Interstate 5 that is closed ahead due to rising flood water from the Chehalis River on Friday  near Rochester, Washington

Trucks park along the side of Interstate 90 near North Bend as Snoqualmie Pass in Kittitas County, Washington

Trucks park along the side of Interstate 90 near North Bend as Snoqualmie Pass in Kittitas County, Washington

Flooding due to heavy rain in Centralia, Washington, U.S., is seen on Friday in this screen grab from a drone video

Flooding due to heavy rain in Centralia, Washington, U.S., is seen on Friday in this screen grab from a drone video

Buildings and road are seen submerged in floodwaters on Friday due to heavy rain in Centralia, Washington

Buildings and road are seen submerged in floodwaters on Friday due to heavy rain in Centralia, Washington

Flooding due to heavy rain in Centralia, Washington, U.S., is seen in this screen grab from a drone video filmed on Friday

Flooding due to heavy rain in Centralia, Washington, U.S., is seen in this screen grab from a drone video filmed on Friday

Flooding due to heavy rain in Centralia, Washington, U.S., is seen in this screen grab from a drone video on Friday

Flooding due to heavy rain in Centralia, Washington, U.S., is seen in this screen grab from a drone video on Friday

Semi trucks line Canyon Road in Ellensburg, Washington to wait out pass closures due to heavy snow on Friday

Semi trucks line Canyon Road in Ellensburg, Washington to wait out pass closures due to heavy snow on Friday

Dozens of storm watches and warnings were in effect in Washington and Oregon, including a flood warning for the northern Oregon Coast following huge amounts of rainfall.

Several alerts were affecting a number of major roads in Washington State, with ‘hazardous water conditions’ closing a number of sections, the Washington State Department of Transportation said.

Some properties, roads and fields were seen deep in water in images and videos posted on social media and by local news outlets.

The National Weather Service said Hoquiam, Washington, in Grays County received a record 5.78 inches of rain Thursday. Other areas saw nearly half of the rain they’d expect to see for the month of January in just one day, according to the weather service.

Southwest Washington experienced its worst flooding in a decade and some rivers crested at more than 18 feet late Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

East of Seattle on Friday, parts of downtown Issaquah were closed after Issaquah Creek sent water over the roads. Some homes flooded and at least one apartment building was evacuated after the creek spilled over its banks and into the parking lot under the complex, KIRO reported.

In Centralia and around Thurston County, streets were flooding Friday and Washington National Guard members were helping with filling sand bags and other requests, the guard said on Twitter.

In northwest Washington, snow fell in Bellingham while roadways flooded throughout Whatcom County. Exceptionally high tides and winds were causing coastal flooding around homes in Birch Bay, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff´s Office.

Homes in Chehalis were all but cut off as floodwaters surrounded them on Friday

Homes in Chehalis were all but cut off as floodwaters surrounded them on Friday

Two men are seen being rescued by inflatable from the top of a pickup truck  on Friday

Two men are seen being rescued by inflatable from the top of a pickup truck  on Friday

Floodwaters flow around a half-submerged car after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

Floodwaters flow around a half-submerged car after heavy rain in Chehalis, Washington on Friday

Floodwaters cover a residential street near Centralia, Washington on Friday

Floodwaters cover a residential street near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A person carries a sandbag past a car sitting in floodwaters near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A person carries a sandbag past a car sitting in floodwaters near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A truck carrying sandbags drives down a flooded street near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A truck carrying sandbags drives down a flooded street near Centralia, Washington on Friday

In northwest Oregon, coastal flooding after heavy rains disrupted communities. Astoria got more than 4 inches of rain Thursday, breaking a record for rain on that date set in 1914.

The nearby city of Warrenton declared a state of emergency due to widespread flooding and school districts in Astoria, Warrenton, Knappa and Seaside canceled classes Friday.

In Oregon, Interstate 84 reopened after a landslide closed almost 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the highway from Troutdale to Hood River on Thursday.

Forecasters say the rains should subside over the weekend.      

The snow in the East shut federal government offices in Washington and dozens of school districts across the eastern half of the country canceled classes. 

Water from the Skookumchuck river flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Water from the Skookumchuck river flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

A truck drives around debris as water from the Skookumchuck river flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

A truck drives around debris as water from the Skookumchuck river flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Lumber products at Sierra Pacific Industries sit in floodwaters. Friday, near Centralia, Washington. Rain and snow continued to fall across the Pacific Northwest Friday, causing flooding and concerns about avalanche danger in the mountains

Lumber products at Sierra Pacific Industries sit in floodwaters. Friday, near Centralia, Washington. Rain and snow continued to fall across the Pacific Northwest Friday, causing flooding and concerns about avalanche danger in the mountains

Lumber products at Sierra Pacific Industries sit in floodwaters on Friday,  near Centralia, Washington

Lumber products at Sierra Pacific Industries sit in floodwaters on Friday,  near Centralia, Washington

Marty Burns rides his bike as water from the Skookumchuck River flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Marty Burns rides his bike as water from the Skookumchuck River flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

A person carries a sandbag past a car sitting in floodwaters near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A person carries a sandbag past a car sitting in floodwaters near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A truck drives around debris as water from the Skookumchuck river flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

A truck drives around debris as water from the Skookumchuck river flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Dan Bundy checks his mailbox as he stands in floodwaters in front of his home near Centralia, Washington on Friday

Dan Bundy checks his mailbox as he stands in floodwaters in front of his home near Centralia, Washington on Friday

Dan Bundy walks across a flooded street in front of his home near Centralia, Washington on Friday

Dan Bundy walks across a flooded street in front of his home near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A truck carrying sandbags drives down a flooded street near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A truck carrying sandbags drives down a flooded street near Centralia, Washington on Friday

 The storm was the second this week to slam into the eastern United States. On Monday, the region was blanketed by up to a foot of snow, stranding thousands of people for up to 27 hours when nearly 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in northern Virginia became impassable.

At one point on Friday morning, a ‘bomb cyclone’ was thought to be threatening New York City as nearly eight inches of snow caused travel chaos in the Big Apple.  

Massachusetts State Police reported the first fatality Friday after a vehicle veered off the road killing the lone driver on Friday morning.    

The storm hitting New York and most of the Northeast is predicted to evolve into a ‘bomb cyclone’ as it strengthens near the coast of New England this evening.

A ‘bomb cyclone’ occurs when a quick drop in pressure brings huge downpours and strong winds as the air pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. 

‘The storm is currently in the process of becoming a bomb cyclone and should be one by this evening south off Nova Scotia,’ a maritime province in Canada, AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys said. 

As the freezing temperatures continue through the weekend, nearly 200 million people across the US will have lows below freezing on Saturday.  

Workers set up a sign warning motorists of a flooded street near Interstate 5, on Friday

Workers set up a sign warning motorists of a flooded street near Interstate 5, on Friday

A Centralia Police truck drives on a flooded street near Interstate 5, on Friday, in Centralia, Washington

A Centralia Police truck drives on a flooded street near Interstate 5, on Friday, in Centralia, Washington

A 'road closed' sign warns motorists of floodwaters flowing over Prather Rd. SW, on Friday near Centralia, Washington

A ‘road closed’ sign warns motorists of floodwaters flowing over Prather Rd. SW, on Friday near Centralia, Washington

A cyclist rides on a flooded street near Interstate 5, on Friday in Centralia, Washington

A cyclist rides on a flooded street near Interstate 5, on Friday in Centralia, Washington

The parking lot of a closed Dutch Bros. coffee shop is filled with floodwater, on Friday, in Centralia, Washington

The parking lot of a closed Dutch Bros. coffee shop is filled with floodwater, on Friday, in Centralia, Washington

A man swims next to his overturned all-terrain vehicle after he was swept off of Prather Rd. SW as he tried to drive through floodwaters from the Chehalis River flowing over the road, on Friday near Centralia, Wash. The man was able to safely swim to shore after the incident

A man swims next to his overturned all-terrain vehicle after he was swept off of Prather Rd. SW as he tried to drive through floodwaters from the Chehalis River flowing over the road, on Friday near Centralia, Wash. The man was able to safely swim to shore after the incident

Floodwaters cover a residential street near Centralia, Washington on Friday

Floodwaters cover a residential street near Centralia, Washington on Friday

A man holds on to the bars of his all-terrain vehicle as he is swept off of Prather Rd. SW as he tried to drive through floodwater

A man holds on to the bars of his all-terrain vehicle as he is swept off of Prather Rd. SW as he tried to drive through floodwater

A cyclist rides on a flooded street near Interstate 5, on Friday, in Centralia, Washington

A cyclist rides on a flooded street near Interstate 5, on Friday, in Centralia, Washington

Cars drive as water from the Skookumchuck river flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Cars drive as water from the Skookumchuck river flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Frank Webley, left, fills sandbags with his sons Christopher, center, and Brandon, right, in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Frank Webley, left, fills sandbags with his sons Christopher, center, and Brandon, right, in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Marty Burns rides his bike as water from the Skookumchuck River flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Marty Burns rides his bike as water from the Skookumchuck River flows over N. Peal St. in Centralia, Washington on Friday

Semi trucks park at a Love's Travel Stop near I-90 and U.S. 97 in Ellensburg, Washington on Friday as they waited for the passes to reopen

Semi trucks park at a Love’s Travel Stop near I-90 and U.S. 97 in Ellensburg, Washington on Friday as they waited for the passes to reopen

Semi trucks covered in heavy snow are seen parked near I-90 and U.S. 97 in Ellensburg, Washington on Friday

Semi trucks covered in heavy snow are seen parked near I-90 and U.S. 97 in Ellensburg, Washington on Friday

A snowplow works to clear a road near Interstate 90 and U.S. 97 in Ellensburg, Washington as semitrucks parked along the side of the road, waiting for the nearby passes to reopen on Friday

A snowplow works to clear a road near Interstate 90 and U.S. 97 in Ellensburg, Washington as semitrucks parked along the side of the road, waiting for the nearby passes to reopen on Friday

Semitrucks are seen parked near Interstate 90 in Ellensburg, Washington on Friday. Snow and rain forced the closure of parts of Washington state's two major highways, Interstate 90 and Interstate 5 with flooding that also swamped roads throughout Western Washington and Oregon

Semitrucks are seen parked near Interstate 90 in Ellensburg, Washington on Friday. Snow and rain forced the closure of parts of Washington state’s two major highways, Interstate 90 and Interstate 5 with flooding that also swamped roads throughout Western Washington and Oregon

New Yorkers woke up to a blanket of snow Friday morning as the several inches of snow as the city welcomed the first snow storm of the winter season and of the new year

New Yorkers woke up to a blanket of snow Friday morning as the several inches of snow as the city welcomed the first snow storm of the winter season and of the new year

LaGuardia Airport reported the most snow in New York City with over eight inches on Friday morning as thousands of flight have been cancelled for the 13th day in a row due to extreme weather and COVID-19. Central Park saw 5.5 inches of snow

LaGuardia Airport reported the most snow in New York City with over eight inches on Friday morning as thousands of flight have been cancelled for the 13th day in a row due to extreme weather and COVID-19. Central Park saw 5.5 inches of snow

A 'bomb cyclone' is set to cause further chaos in New York City today dumping up to eight inches of snow in a quick-moving storm hitting the north-east. Pictured: the path of the snowstorm

A ‘bomb cyclone’ is set to cause further chaos in New York City today dumping up to eight inches of snow in a quick-moving storm hitting the north-east. Pictured: the path of the snowstorm

Schools and businesses remained open on Friday as the snow stopped mid-morning and was not forecasted to return

Schools and businesses remained open on Friday as the snow stopped mid-morning and was not forecasted to return

New York City recorded up to 6 inches of snow in Mid-town Manhattan on Friday morning after just several hours of snow

New York City recorded up to 6 inches of snow in Mid-town Manhattan on Friday morning after just several hours of snow

A plow clears snow as it blankets Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Friday as the bright sun helped to melt some of the snowfall

A plow clears snow as it blankets Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Friday as the bright sun helped to melt some of the snowfall

A tow truck had to rescue a jackknifed bus that had skidded across an icy road in Astor Place in New York City and blocked it early Friday

A tow truck had to rescue a jackknifed bus that had skidded across an icy road in Astor Place in New York City and blocked it early Friday

The New York City Sanitation Department was running at a roughly 20% staffing deficit due to the omicron COVID, said Commissioner Edward Grayson

The New York City Sanitation Department was running at a roughly 20% staffing deficit due to the omicron COVID, said Commissioner Edward Grayson

New York's tri-state area was hit with up to two inches of snow per hour, with AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter warning of a 'nightmare' commute Friday. Pictured: A man walks a dog along the Hudson River in Piermont, New York

New York’s tri-state area was hit with up to two inches of snow per hour, with AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter warning of a ‘nightmare’ commute Friday. Pictured: A man walks a dog along the Hudson River in Piermont, New York

LaGuardia Airport recorded the most snow in New York City on Friday morning with 8.4 inches. Midtown Manhattan reported 6.2 inches with the rest of the city seeing an average of 5 inches when New Yorkers woke up. 

The New York City Sanitation Department was running at a roughly 20% staffing deficit due to COVID as the storm hit, said Commissioner Edward Grayson. 

Grayson said his department was deploying about 1,600 plows – 200 less than last year- and working to overcome the staff shortage by conducting aggressive pretreatment. 

In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams has begun handling his first snow storm in office and the first that that city has experienced all winter. 

The newly-appointed mayor tweeted a video of himself leaving Gracie Manor at around 7am Friday morning to handle ‘this snow issue’ but confirmed that roads are clear. 

‘No one does it like New York and anyone that thinks they can bet against New York, there is another thing coming,’ the mayor said. 

He then shared a video of himself pouring salt on the front steps of a residence trying to inspire New Yorkers to come together and step outside to help neighbors and city workers clear the streets. 

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency with snowfall expected to increase as the storm moves through. 

The state woke up to between 4 to 6 inches of snow with Union County recording the most snow Friday morning. 

As the storm made its way north, multiple areas in Massachusetts were hit with over a foot of snow, AccuWeather reported. All Boston public schools have closed for the day ‘due to inclement weather,’ the city said. 

One fatality was reported by State Police in Freetown after a vehicle went off the road Friday morning. The individual was the lone occupant of the car involved in a one-vehicle accident, police confirmed.  

Massachusetts State Troopers have are working to clear the roads as multiple accidents and backups have caused delays and closed roads. Officials have reduced the speed limit of Interstate 495 in Boston to 40mph for the time being. 

Another snow system is expected to move from the Pacific Northwest into the Rockies today, while icy conditions will move from the Mid-South into the Northeast. 

The NWS warned of heavy mountain snow and gusty winds that are expected to impact the area on Friday.  

A United Airlines plane is seen as runway covered with snow at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday in New Jersey

A United Airlines plane is seen as runway covered with snow at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday in New Jersey

A United plane runway covered with snow at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday in New Jersey

A United plane runway covered with snow at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday in New Jersey

The snow fall began after midnight on Friday morning and continued as New Yorkers began their morning commute

The snow fall began after midnight on Friday morning and continued as New Yorkers began their morning commute

Pedestrians and vehicles negotiate their way along Fourth Avenue in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood

Pedestrians and vehicles negotiate their way along Fourth Avenue in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood

Sanitation department workers tried to clear the sidewalks in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood to create a safe commute

Sanitation department workers tried to clear the sidewalks in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood to create a safe commute

New Yorkers faced a long and difficult commute to work and school this morning as the city struggled to maintain the streets

New Yorkers faced a long and difficult commute to work and school this morning as the city struggled to maintain the streets

Governow Kathy Hochul advised New Yorkers to avoid unnecessary travel on Friday as snow and ice spotted the streets

Governow Kathy Hochul advised New Yorkers to avoid unnecessary travel on Friday as snow and ice spotted the streets

A city bus drove through the streets of Manhattan Friday morning as the winter's first snow storm hit New York

A city bus drove through the streets of Manhattan Friday morning as the winter’s first snow storm hit New York 

Kentucky recorded historic levels of snowfall breaking its 112-year-old daily record on Thursday with 9.9 inches of snow in Lexington.   

Governor Andy Beshear had warned drivers to stay off the roads because of hazardous road conditions caused by the snow and declared a state of emergency. 

‘Please do not travel if you don’t have to today,’ Beshear said during a press conference Thursday.  

The heavy snowfall lead to major traffic catastrophes. Dramatic video captured cars and semi-trucks strewn across a highway in eastern Kentucky after a heavy snowstorm led to a 75-car pile-up on the icy and slick road.  

Images shared on Twitter showed cars T-boned and partially buried in the snow along Interstate 64 between Winchester and Mount Sterling.   

In the Bluegrass State, portions of Interstate 75, the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 71 were closed on Thursday afternoon after the massive pile-up.   

Most of I-75 Northbound had reopened shortly before 4pm, as crews tried to get I-64 opened.  

Lexington Police temporarily stopped responding to reports of non-injury collisions, urging motorists to stay on the side of the road, as they described the area of the I-64 junction as a ‘parking lot.’ 

Authorities in Kentucky responded to a 50-car pile-up caused by icy and slick roads on Thursday

Authorities in Kentucky responded to a 50-car pile-up caused by icy and slick roads on Thursday

Lexington Police temporarily stopped responding to reports of non-injury collisions, urging motorists to stay on the side of the road

Lexington Police temporarily stopped responding to reports of non-injury collisions, urging motorists to stay on the side of the road

Most of I-75 Northbound had reopened shortly before 4pm, as crews tried to get I-64 opened

Most of I-75 Northbound had reopened shortly before 4pm, as crews tried to get I-64 opened

Mike Thomas uses a leaf blower to clear snow off of his pickup truck after helping his wife to get her windshield wipers working correctly as snow falls, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Owensboro, Kentucky

Mike Thomas uses a leaf blower to clear snow off of his pickup truck after helping his wife to get her windshield wipers working correctly as snow falls, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Owensboro, Kentucky

Jerry Ambs, with the Daviess County Fiscal Court, blows the falling snow off the sidewalks around the Daviess County Court House, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Owensboro, Kentucky

Jerry Ambs, with the Daviess County Fiscal Court, blows the falling snow off the sidewalks around the Daviess County Court House, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Owensboro, Kentucky 

Further east, the cities of Columbia, Tullahoma and Waynesville in Tennessee reported freezing rain and heavy sleet, while nearly all of middle Tennessee was under winter storm warning. 

Thursday’s storm blanketed parts of the South with quick-falling snow, freezing rain and sleet as the system tracked a path through Appalachia toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. 

Virginia and Washington DC were also hit with several inches of snow just days after Frida brought eight inches of snow and tumulus travel to the area. 

The DC area was hit with 2 to 5 inches of snow by the time the flurries ended before most people started their day on Friday. Commuters were warned of difficult travel in the morning as some roads were fully covered in snow.

Federal government offices and public schools in DC will be closed Friday. 

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and welcomed the National Guard to help with emergency management. 

Temperatures in both Virginia and DC are expected to rise to the 40s by Sunday and the sun that is forecasted for most of the weekend should help melt some of the snowfall.    

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on Thursday as the Northeast anticipated more snow

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on Thursday as the Northeast anticipated more snow

A snowman stands outside the US Capitol building in Washington DC on Friday after as federal government offices and public schools were closed on Friday due to snow

A snowman stands outside the US Capitol building in Washington DC on Friday after as federal government offices and public schools were closed on Friday due to snow

The DC area was hit with back to back winter storms this week with DC accumulating 2 to 3 inches of snow on Friday

The DC area was hit with back to back winter storms this week with DC accumulating 2 to 3 inches of snow on Friday

A section of Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Virginia was closed on Monday January 3, 2022 due to more than eight inches of snow as well as ice

A section of Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Virginia was closed on Monday January 3, 2022 due to more than eight inches of snow as well as ice

Snow storm Frida knocked down trees on top of railways in Virginia on Monday, causing Amtrak trains to stall, with the Crescent 20 trip going from 30 hours to more than 74 hours

Snow storm Frida knocked down trees on top of railways in Virginia on Monday, causing Amtrak trains to stall, with the Crescent 20 trip going from 30 hours to more than 74 hours 

Snow is expected in several areas of Colorado, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Washington State, and Wyoming. 

Mountains in Colorado saw nearly 4 feet of snow in some areas this week. The next storm is expected to hit the state Friday night and continue on into Saturday dumping several more inches of snow in the mountains. 

Colorado snowpack is now 122% of average for the first week in January, according to local meteorologist Ashton Altieri.  

The National Avalanche Center in Seattle warned that major avalanches could strike in the Cascade Mountains, Olympic National Park and Mount Hood. 

The NWS said that snow could increase on Long Island and southern Connecticut if the snow system moved closer to the coast, and warned New Yorkers of treacherous roads.

‘Part of the concern with tonight/tomorrow’s #snow is the timing. Short range models are signaling the potential for snowfall rates to exceed 1’/hour just as the morning commute gets underway. Treacherous roadway conditions are likely, especially early. If possible, avoid travel!’ the service tweeted on Thursday.  

A family enjoys a day of sledding at Percy Warner Park Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn. A winter storm blanketed parts of the South with quick-falling snow, freezing rain and sleet Thursday

A family enjoys a day of sledding at Percy Warner Park Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn. A winter storm blanketed parts of the South with quick-falling snow, freezing rain and sleet Thursday

A motorist is pushed through snow by a man in Nashville on Thursday as the snow caused major traffic delays

A motorist is pushed through snow by a man in Nashville on Thursday as the snow caused major traffic delays 

The new year started with inclement weather that has led to massive flight cancelations, closed government offices, major power outages, and motorists stranded on interstate highways for more than 20 hours

The new year started with inclement weather that has led to massive flight cancelations, closed government offices, major power outages, and motorists stranded on interstate highways for more than 20 hours

In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is facing his first snow storm in office, after over eight inches of snow hit the Big Apple

In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is facing his first snow storm in office, after over eight inches of snow hit the Big Apple

It will also test the newly-elected mayor’s ability to be ready for such events after his predecessor, Bill de Blasio, was often criticized during his term for his lack of preparedness. 

One month after taking office in 2014, de Blasio was slammed when the Upper East Side was left buried while snow plows were sent to Brooklyn during a major snow storm. 

He said he did not expect two snow storms within his first month.

‘There is a rich history of people in leadership positions dealing with weather crisis,’ de Blasio said in 2014. ‘My attitude is to lead from the front and to be out leading from the front.’

However, in the following years he continued to be accused of failing to prepare New Yorkers for extreme weather events.  

Last year, 11 New York City residents were found dead in basements after torrential rains in the Big Apple. 

At the time, furious New Yorkers blamed de Blasio for not giving more warning for the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Ida and only declaring a state of emergency after the bodies of seven residents had been found. 

'Today, a wave of low pressure is forecast to develop along the arctic front draped across the Deep South,' the Weather Prediction Center said on Thursday. 'The combination of snow and ice may cause hazardous road conditions through tonight in this region'

‘Today, a wave of low pressure is forecast to develop along the arctic front draped across the Deep South,’ the Weather Prediction Center said on Thursday. ‘The combination of snow and ice may cause hazardous road conditions through tonight in this region’

The new year started with inclement weather that has led to massive flight cancelations, closed government offices, caused major power outages, and left motorists stranded on interstate highways for more than 20 hours.

On Monday, winter storm Frida slammed the Mid-Atlantic region, dropping eleven inches of snow from North Carolina to southern New Jersey.

The bad weather further hampered the already COVID-battered airline industry. 

Flight cancellations within the US topped 1,000 for the 12th day in a row on Thursday, as airlines also battle staff shortages from the Omicron variant that began before the Christmas holiday. 

The storms raging across the country have lead to even more cancellations with nearly 2,329 flights within, into, or out of the US being cancelled Friday morning, according to tracking website FlightAware.

Southwest, United, and American Airlines have recorded the most disruptions today, with Southwest alone canceling nearly 500 flights.

Anne Vaughan, Charlotte Williamson and Lucy Atwood enjoy sledding in the snow at Percy Warner Park Thursday

Anne Vaughan, Charlotte Williamson and Lucy Atwood enjoy sledding in the snow at Percy Warner Park Thursday

A cyclist rides along West End Ave. in the snow Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee

A cyclist rides along West End Ave. in the snow Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee

The storm in Tennessee began hitting greater Nashville on Thursday morning. About 1.5 to 3 inches of snow was reported for most of the area by late morning, according to the Nashville Weather Service, with areas south of the city seeing the freezing rain and heavy sleet

The storm in Tennessee began hitting greater Nashville on Thursday morning. About 1.5 to 3 inches of snow was reported for most of the area by late morning, according to the Nashville Weather Service, with areas south of the city seeing the freezing rain and heavy sleet

Tara Biller plays with her dogs in the snow outside her home along Cheek Rd. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Nashville,

Tara Biller plays with her dogs in the snow outside her home along Cheek Rd. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Nashville,

Travelers scheduled to fly this weekend can endure more pain. 

‘Today, a wave of low pressure is forecast to develop along the arctic front draped across the Deep South,’ the Weather Prediction Center said on Thursday. ‘The combination of snow and ice may cause hazardous road conditions through tonight in this region.’

‘As the low tracks through the Southeast today, heavy snowfall is expected to develop across parts of the Tennessee Valley into the Central Appalachians, with some ice farther to the south across portions of southern/eastern Tennessee and northern Mississippi/Alabama.’

At least half a foot of snow is expected in several cities in the mid-South before the storm ceases on Friday.

‘An area of heavy snow, with rates on the order of 1-2+ inches per hour, may develop and overspread parts of western through middle Tennessee, including much of the Greater Nashville metropolitan area,’ the Storm Prediction Center announced.

The storm in Tennessee began hitting greater Nashville on Thursday morning.

About 1.5 to 3 inches of snow was reported for most of the area by late morning, according to the Nashville Weather Service, with areas south of the city seeing the freezing rain and heavy sleet.

The Nashville area could expect the precipitation to taper off in the afternoon and early evening, with 3 to 5 inches of snow expected, and more in some areas, the weather service said.

Authorities urged people to travel only when necessary, as Metro Nashville Police reported accidents and other driving woes that snarled and slowed several roads.

Police reported dozens of wrecks on the road by the early afternoon.

The Tennessee cities of Columbia, Tullahoma, and Waynesville reported freezing rain and heavy sleet

The Tennessee cities of Columbia, Tullahoma, and Waynesville reported freezing rain and heavy sleet

Flight cancellations within the US topped 1,000 for the 12th day in a row on Thursday, as airlines also battle staff shortages from the Omicron variant that began before the Christmas holiday. New York's La Guardia is pictured on Wednesday of this week

 Flight cancellations within the US topped 1,000 for the 12th day in a row on Thursday, as airlines also battle staff shortages from the Omicron variant that began before the Christmas holiday. New York’s La Guardia is pictured on Wednesday of this week

A section of Interstate 40 was closed due to a tractor trailer fuel spill crash, according to police, just one of the issues plugging up interstates in the city.

Schools around the region canceled classes, including a closure through Friday for Nashville’s public school students. 

Governor Bill Lee, meanwhile, closed state offices across Tennessee, and Nashville International Airport reported plenty of canceled and delayed flights.

The storm also hit Memphis and surrounding Shelby County, where school systems canceled classes and municipal courts were closed, while crews were monitoring conditions of city streets. 

Snow began falling mid-morning, after freezing rain and sleet fell on the city earlier in the day. Some flights were likewise canceled at Memphis International Airport.

First lady Jill Biden, meanwhile, had to cancel her trip planned for Thursday to view damage from last month’s tornado in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The storm presented an expected boon to the ski industry in West Virginia, where up to 8 inches of snow was forecast. 

Three of the state’s four major downhill ski resorts had suspended on-slope operations earlier this week due to warmer conditions. Now the activity was picking back up.

‘West Virginia can’t wait to welcome travelers to our snow-capped mountains this winter,’ said Chelsea Ruby, secretary of the state’s Department of Tourism. 

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