US weather forecast: Severe storm spreads blizzard across northern Plains, bringing heavy snowfall and dangerous travel conditions


The deadly storm system sweeping eastward across nearly the entire United States is far from over, threatening more tornadoes, freezing rain, dangerous travel and power outages.

Severe weather forecast for Wednesday includes:

• In the northern and central plateauWith 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour and wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph, blizzard conditions are expected to make driving on snow-covered roads dangerous, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

• Along the Gulf Coast, Severe tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail could affect cities including New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama.

in the Upper Midwest, Heavy snowfall, rain and freezing rain are expected.

In Nebraska, the “once-in-five-year storm” that began Tuesday is expected to continue through the weekend, National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Taylor said.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation said blizzard warnings were in place for parts of Nebraska and several roads were closed, including all roads from Nebraska to Colorado.

Residents will face near-zero visibility making travel difficult and possible sporadic power outages.

Meanwhile, a new storm spawned by the system is expected to hit parts of the mid-Atlantic on Thursday and become a nor’easter along the coast by the end of the week, according to the Weather Prediction Center.

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