Winter Storm Maximus, as it has been called, has brought snow to the Sierra Nevada in California and Nevada before it heads east.
The storm will bring snow and ice to the Midwest until Saturday.
Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Detroit will be hit Saturday.
“Maximus brought some much needed snow to California’s Sierra Nevada Thursday into early Friday,” said The Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce on the website. “The storm is now on the move to the east and will bring widespread snow and ice to parts of the Midwest through Saturday. This wintry weather will impact cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and Kansas City.”
The storm could bring another 12 inches of snow in the Rocky Mountain region in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
According to Accuweather.com, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma as well as the major cities in the Midwest will get hit Friday and Saturday
“The snow and ice will hinder travel on the highways from the central Plains to the Midwest and can lead to flight delays and cancellations, not only in the same area, but also reaching out to other parts of the nation,” the website says. “While winds will be light with the storm and ground blizzards are not expected, enough snow to plow will fall along much of I-70 over the Rockies and Plains and along I-80 in the Midwest.”
Other places that will be affected are St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Toronto and Montreal in Canada will also get hit.
Weather service debunks rumors of giant snowstorm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The National Weather Service is debunking rumors circulating on social media that a winter storm could dump up to 30 inches of snow on parts of Indiana next week.
The weather service’s Indianapolis bureau tweeted and posted a Facebook message Friday saying rumors that 20 to 30 inches of snow could fall on Indiana and other Midwestern states next Tuesday and Wednesday “are EXTREMELY premature & improbable.”
Weather service meteorologist Mike Ryan says the storm stories “running rampant” on social media are unfounded and no forecast models point to anything like a 2-foot snowfall.
He says a storm expected to form Monday over the western Gulf of Mexico could bring significantsnow and a wintry mix to the Ohio Valley, but it’s too early to predict the accumulation amounts.