Freezing rain left roads, power lines and trees coated in ice in the Portland region. The extreme conditions, loss of power and transportation problems prompted Oregon Governor Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency Saturday afternoon.
The NWS said this particular storm will happen in portions of Northwest Pennsylvania and in the north, central and northeast parts of Ohio. Authorities in western Washington and western OR opened warming shelters in an effort to protect homeless residents from the wet and cold. As with any significant storm, there have been power outages reported throughout the region. "If they have to travel, they need to make sure they are prepared - that they have a preparedness kit in their vehicle, they tell people where they are going and they take it slow". "We have more than 600 PGE and contract personnel responding to the storm - it's all hands on deck".
"Snowfall accumulations for most of the Texas Panhandle are expected to be between 5" to 10" for this weekend.
In addition, Lubbock and the South Plains is forecast to go nearly a whole week with temperatures below freezing, according to the latest forecast, issued Friday afternoon.
An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for several other West Virginia counties including Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Calhoun, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, and Harrison. "It is too risky out there", York wrote in a statement. That's enough to cause downed power lines and trees.
MONDAY: Light freezing rain, sleet, or snow is possible Monday morning but wintry weather will become more likely through the afternoon.
By Monday, heavy snow, freezing rain and sleet will be falling from Houston into Louisiana which will make the morning commute incredibly hard and road conditions will be extremely unsafe there.
We are becoming more confident that a high-impact winter weather event will impact the area Sunday until Tuesday morning.
Since the winter storm began Thursday, the weather service has recorded 9.8 inches of snow for Portland. "Snow will move into the area Sunday night and continue into Monday morning, with 2-3" possible by early Monday.
Idaho's neighbors to the east were blasted by brutally frigid weather, with the National Weather Servicewarning of risky wind chills in Montana and Wyoming.
Sunday, Feb. 14 will be cloudy with temperature in the low 30s and wind-chill values in the 20s.
In the Southern U.S., particularly Texas and Louisiana, the wind chills will be absolutely brutal since this region does not usually see cold weather of this magnitude. While east Alabama will likely be spared of winter weather tomorrow, we can't rule out patchy black ice on roadways, bridges, and overpasses Tuesday morning.