New England, West brace for snowy weekend
A winer storm in the West could create blizzard conditions in Colorado this weekend, while New England faces its third-straight weekend of snow and rain. But Kansas saw the worst of the snow this week, with up to 15 inches in some places.
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New England¬†faced a third straight weekend of storms dumping a messy mix of wet snow and freezing rain across the region, meteorologists said Saturday.
Much of the Midwest is already blanketed with snow. More than a foot of snow was reported in¬†Kansas¬†on Thursday, forcing airports to cancel hundreds of flights and leaving motorists stranded on highways.
Starting on Saturday, the¬†New England¬†coast - from northern¬†Connecticut¬†to¬†southern Maine¬†- was expecting an extended mix of snow and rain, according to a¬†National Weather Service¬†advisory, while inland areas could see a significant accumulation of snow.
The heaviest snowfall was expected Saturday night through Sunday morning, with 1 to 2 inches per hour possible, the weather service said.
Despite the forecasts, some residents were taking it in stride, wondering what all the fuss was about.
But others were not so sanguine.
"We can't let Mother Nature impound us again," Meek said.
The weather service said the storm may bring sleet and freezing rain to the Appalachians and¬†mid-Atlantic¬†states as well, with thunderstorms expected in the Southeast. It likely will dump rain from New York City to¬†Philadelphia, it said.
The storm barreled eastward for the weekend after pummeling the Midwest during the week. In¬†Kansas¬†City,Missouri, Mayor¬†Sly James¬†said about 60 buses were stuck on snowbound streets on Friday, and even tow trucks were immobilized.
"It's still an ongoing process to get people off the roads," he told CNN.
A closed 200-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in¬†central Kansas¬†was strewn with cars stuck in snow.
National Guard¬†troops were dispatched in Humvees to look for stranded motorists along the interstate and other highways, said¬†Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for¬†Kansas¬†emergency management services.
Drought-stricken farmers in the Great Plains, one of the world's largest wheat-growing areas, welcomed the moisture, although experts said even more rain or snow would be needed to ensure healthy crops.