ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Millions of residents from Texas, through the Mississippi Valley and to the East Coast will be facing some winter weather hazards over the next few days with brutally cold Arctic air on the way.
Following a winter storm that brought some snow, ice and freezing rain into the greater St. Louis area and across the Midwest, another, more potent, storm is coming that is expected to stretch about 1,000 miles across the country.
The National Weather Service says the storm may cause power outages and forecast the Sunday morning wind chill in St. Louis to be between -17 to -20 degrees.
According to AccuWeather, a storm bringing snow and ice will last for 24-48 hours and may impact air travel in major cities like Chicago, St. Louis, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia:
“In some locations across the southern part of the storm zone, it may snow at varying intensity for two days with the potential for more than a foot of snow and locally higher amounts where the perfect blend of Arctic air and moisture occur,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
The most damaging ice is expected in Arkansas, southeast Missouri and Kentucky, which may cause power outages and downed trees.
The NWS is warning people in those areas who have to travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case you end up stranded on the roadways. And those area residents should make sure they have enough food and warm blankets in case power goes out for several days.
The St. Louis area is expected to see a slight layer of ice accumulating on Wednesday afternoon and into the evening. Then it will be leading into a weekend of frigid temperatures with snow possible early next week.