The fifth named storm of the 2013-14 winter, Electra is being forecast to spread across the eastern portion of the United States dumping precipitation as it moves along. This winter storm will develop in the Midwest Thursday into Friday and then track toward the northeast over the weekend while dumping snow and some ice. Late Thursday and into Friday, the storm will begin gathering moisture out of the Gulf wherein it will deposit patchy freezing rain and sleet over parts of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois. This will make travel very hazardous as roadways, bridges and overpasses will be ice-covered and slippery.
By lunchtime Friday, Electra should be dumping mostly snow over the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys as well as the Great Lakes later in the evening. Major accumulations of snowfall should not take place until after the evening rush hour. However, roads will be slippery so travelers should use extra caution on their way home.
By Saturday morning, snowfall will be on-going over the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys and Great Lakes. This will make traveling on Saturday challenging on numerous major expressways in that part of the country.
Electra will continue dropping snow over parts of the Northeast Saturday and into the nighttime hours as well as early Sunday morning. The part of the country that’s expected to get the most snow is an area stretching from northern Pennsylvania into New York and further up into New England. Forecasters say that people in this part of the country should be prepared for anywhere from 6 to 12 inches or even more – especially further inland.
The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 6 inches of snow for portions of southeast Wisconsin Friday into Saturday with higher amounts along Lake Michigan. Those snowfall accumulations are too concerning to many people in the state who still clearly remember all the trouble caused by the gigantic winter storm that impacted their state last December. That storm literally buried parts of Wisconsin including the capital city of Madison which got over two feet of snow.
People living in the part of the country from Baltimore to Washington DC are still digging out from the several inches of snow they got earlier this week. Winter storm Dion is being blamed for the last round of winter weather that brought with it bitterly cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain. Now that winter storm Electra is being down on the Northeast, it’s time for people in that part of the country to yet again brace for more extreme winter weather. It’s too early yet to say just how much snow will fall in the northeast as it all depends on how this latest major winter storm tracks.