Winter storm warnings are in effect for eight states, with a massive storm set to bring heavy rain, wind and snow to the eastern United States.
The storm warnings are currently in effect for parts of Alaska, Idaho, New Hampshire, Viginia, New York, West Virginia, Vermont and Washington.
In its latest forecast, the National Weather Service (NWS) said that a low-pressure system “will continue dumping heavy rain onto the Washington and Oregon coasts” on Sunday while spreading snow across the northern Cascades and northern Rockies.
Meanwhile, the forecast says a “mid-latitude cyclone” is set to move through the Midwest and East Coast over the next couple of days, bringing thunderstorms and winter weather to the Central Appalachians and Northwest from Sunday night.
“Moderate to heavy snow will develop on the backside of this system as cold air flows into the interior Northeast and down the spine of the Northern/Central Appalachians tonight,” the forecast said. “Conditions should begin to improve Monday night into Tuesday morning.”
Winter storm warnings are in effect for East Turnagain Arm, Western Prince William Sound, Northeast Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin, with up to 36 inches of snow expected in some areas.
The NWS warns that the heaviest snow is expected on Sunday evening through Monday morning.
A winter storm warning remains in effect for the Central Panhandle Mountains until 4 a.m. PST on Monday. Snow accumulations of between 5 and 11 inches are forecast.
Snowfall rates of up to 2 inches an hour are possible on Monday morning in northern Coos County, combining with low visibility to create dangerous driving conditions. The NWS has warned that power outages are possible due to the heavy snow.
A warning is in effect for parts of northern New York until Monday evening, with total snow accumulations of up to 10 inches expected. A warning is also in effect for Ostego and Delaware counties, where total snow accumulations of between 6 and 10 inches are forecast.
Parts of central, northeast, northwest and southern Vermont are under a storm warning until Monday evening, with total snow accumulations of up to 12 inches expected, and up to 18 inches across the central and northern Green Mountains. Warnings are also in effect for Bennington County, where forecasters predict up to a foot of snow could fall, and western Windham County, where up to 10 inches of snow could fall.
Heavy snow is expected in the Blue Ridge mountains, with forecasters warning that the combination of snow and blowing snow will reduce visibility to below a half-mile at times.
A storm warning was issued for the Cascade mountains, as well as the valleys of Snohomish and King counties until 10 a.m. PST on Sunday, with heavy snow expected above 2,500 feet. A warning is also in effect for parts of Chelan County, with snow accumulations of up to 8 inches expected.
Up to 7 inches of snow is expected in southeast Webster, northwest Pocahontas and southeast Randolph counties, with a storm warning in effect until 1 p.m. EST on Monday. Heavy snow is also forecast for western Grant and western Pendleton counties, with up to 7 inches of snow expected above 3,000 feet.