A WINTER weather warning is in effect as two back-to-back storms are expected to start hitting the United States this weekend.
Forecasters warn that they have the potential to bring messy travel conditions as the storms trek across the central and northeastern US.
Two rounds of snow are expected to cover sections of the Upper Midwest and Midwest this weekend, and then the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday, The Weather Channel reported.
The first storm system is expected to bring snow to some cities in the Rockies and Upper Midwest beginning on Friday night.
Snowy travel conditions are expected on local interstates, and Minneapolis and Denver could see a small amount of snow and ice, Accuweather forecasters said.
States like Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota could see the heaviest snow, between six to 12 inches.
Accuweather reported that portions of central Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and northern Michigan will see pockets of ice and wintry mix.
Rain is expected along the I-80 corridor, through Nebraska to Chicago and New York City, with strong wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour also expected Saturday night into Sunday.
A second storm is expected to follow a blast of cold air, which could bring snow or rain farther south and east in the Midwest and Northeast late Monday into Tuesday morning.
Between 1-3 inches of snow is forecast from parts of the central Plains to the lower Great Lakes and northern New England regions from Sunday night to Tuesday, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.
Accumulations of 3-6 inches of snow could be seen in southern Ohio, northern Missouri, and western Illinois, and from northern New York state to central Maine, the meteorologist said.
Forecasters warned that snow falling during the night and early morning will mean roads are likely to be slushy and slippery.
SEVERE STORM RISK
Forecasters are also warning that heavy rain and storms could move through parts of Iowa, Arkansas, and Missouri this weekend.
Severe weather risks for Saturday and Sunday include large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes, the Weather Channel said.
Arkansas is most at risk for severe weather on Sunday, along with northeast Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, western Tennessee and southern Missouri, according to forecasters.
The severe weather is expected later in the day and could stretch into Monday.
"Critical fire weather" could result from a warm front that is moving from the Great Plains to the southeast on Friday, then onto the Midwest and East this weekend, Yahoo News reported.
"High winds will produce blowing dust and critical fire weather threats," the National Weather Service said.
Windy conditions are expected in parts of southern and eastern New Mexico, the Texas-Oklahoma panhandle, southeast Colorado, and much of Kansas, according to Yahoo.
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