Northeast braces for dramatic temperature drop, South digs out of heavy snow

The relatively brief reprieve the Northeast enjoyed from the bitter cold is coming to an end.

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Winds are easing somewhat in the Northeast, allowing actual temperatures to drop even lower on Saturday as a cold front moves through the region. The actual temperatures will be near zero for much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. A word of caution: Wind Chills in some spots will be 10 to 20 degrees lower than that.

There are wind chill warnings and advisories, winter storm warnings, and flood alerts across the Midwest, Northeast and Great Lakes region.
It’ll be snowy in parts of the Great Lakes region on Saturday.

A significant storm bringing heaving snow, freezing rain, sleet, and heavy rain blanketed parts of the Tennessee and Ohio Valley on Friday, moved into the Northeast on Friday night and will head out of the U.S. by late Saturday morning. The storms caused numerous impacts on area roadways, creating a messy and dangerous Friday across parts of the region.

The heavy snow and ice caused major problems on several interstates. I-65 in parts of Kentucky had all southbound lanes closed on Friday night due to an accident. On I-24, near the Tennessee-Kentucky Border, two people were injured in a 10-vehicle crash. And on I-40 in Tennessee, numerous accidents closed the interstate in Henderson County. Four to 6 inches of snow was reported in parts of southwest Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee on Friday afternoon. Heavy snow, up to three inches in central Ohio, caused snow emergencies for several counties. Up to 7,000 people were reported without power in central Ohio due to downed power lines.

The Associated Press
A flatbed tow truck carries a car along a road near Interstate 40 in snow and icy conditions on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 in Parkers Crossroads, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

The combination of very mild air and heavy rain brought some flooding to parts of the Northeast on Friday, as well. Snow and ice that has accumulated over the past few weeks began to melt. Melting ice on rivers and creeks caused chunks of ice to cause jams (also known as an “ice jam”) backing up area rivers. In Buffalo, New York, a massive ice jam in the Cazenovia Creek cause flooding in the southern part of the metropolitan area. Near Syracuse, New York, flooding caused the evacuation of an assisted living facility due to rising water. In…

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