Hot on the heels of Winter Storm Dion comes Electra. Winter Storm Electra, named such by the Weather Channel, will bring snow to a large portion of the Northeast and parts of the Midwest on Saturday followed by a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain on Sunday.
Winter Storm Electra continues the trend of dangerous weekend weather. The storm is expected to affect a region that starts at the Mississippi Valley and stretches all the way north to New England, reports TWC. Some areas could see a foot of snow while other cities can see anywhere from 1 to 8 inches of snow.
The winter storm will bring a lot of snow to parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. St. Louis is forecast to receive 5 to 8 inches of snow while just north of the city, residents could expect to get 8 to 12 inches of snow. Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Indiana are expected to get 3 to 5 inches of snow.
Electra will move out of that area and to the Northeast by Saturday evening, reports TWC, with only parts of Ohio and eastern Michigan expected to see more snow. The winter weather is already bringing snow to the Northeast on Saturday morning and that is expected to continue throughout the day.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh could see between 1 to 3 inches of snow while New York City is expected to receive 3 to 5 inches and Boston may see 5 to 8 inches through Sunday. Areas further north, including Syracuse, N.Y., Burlington, Vt., and Bangor, Maine, could see a total accumulation of 8 to 12 inches by Sunday.
The National Weather Service's short range forecast states, "An arctic airmass in place will complicate precipitation types across the Ohio Valley, northern Mid-Atlantic states and the Northeast. Precipitation should start off as snow in many locations ... before changing over to a mix of freezing rain and rain as the Arctic air gradually erodes." A list of active warnings and advisories, by state, can be found here.
Snow will stick around the Northeast through Saturday night into Sunday morning before changing to a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain. Central Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England are expected to see snow through Saturday night, notes TWC. New England and upstate New York will see snow on Sunday morning but that should over by the afternoon. All precipitation is expected to end just after sunrise for New York City and areas south of the city.
As with any winter storm, traffic delays are expected. FlightStats reports significant delays at O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport. John F. Kennedy International Airport is only reporting a few delays and cancellations.