Jan 12, 2018, 6:45 AM ET

Wintry mix moves into Northeast with temperature drop to follow

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A storm which caused blizzard conditions in Kansas and the Dakotas on Thursday moves east today with dozens of states from Texas to Maine under wind, snow and flood alerts.

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Up to 9 inches of snow fell in parts of the Great Plains and western Great Lakes yesterday as the large storm system moved east. Visibility was close to zero at times in some parts of the region.

Alerts are in place for much of the eastern U.S. on Friday with storms moving east.ABC News
Alerts are in place for much of the eastern U.S. on Friday with storms moving east.

The rain is changing to ice and snow Friday morning from northern Louisiana to Memphis, and Indianapolis to Detroit. Major issues are expected on the fast-freezing roads. Schools already announced they will be closed in the city of Memphis on Friday.

By rush hour on Friday afternoon, the storm system will be moving into the I-95 corridor with very heavy rain -- including 1 to 3 inches possible locally. This could create flooding on roadways, creeks and ponds.

Behind the storm, snow and ice will stretch from Nashville to Cincinnati and into western Pennsylvania and New York state.

Snow will begin moving out of the Midwest overnight into the weekend.ABC News
Snow will begin moving out of the Midwest overnight into the weekend.

The rain will begin to change to snow and ice by Saturday morning as the colder air wraps around the storm further east, getting close to the more-populated I-95 corridor. Some icy roads are possible close to New York City and Boston.

Rain, snow and an icy mix will cover the Northeast on Saturday morning.ABC News
Rain, snow and an icy mix will cover the Northeast on Saturday morning.

Ice and snow accumulations for the eastern U.S. could include as much as a foot of snow for western New York and New England. Icy accumulations will be up to half an inch from Pennsylvania into New England.

Locally 2 to 4 inches of snow is possible for the Ohio Valley with a glaze of ice possible as well.

Snow and ice will bring treacherous conditions to the Great Lakes and Midwest.ABC News
Snow and ice will bring treacherous conditions to the Great Lakes and Midwest.

Temperatures tumble

A major temperature tumble is forecast following the storm system.

Ahead of the storm, temperatures will be near record highs on the East Coast -- in the 50s and close to 60 degrees from Washington, D.C. to Boston.

Temperatures on Friday in the Northeast will feel more like spring than winter.ABC News
Temperatures on Friday in the Northeast will feel more like spring than winter.

Behind the storm, temperatures will drop 30 degrees into the teens and single digits in the Northeast with wind chills below zero by Saturday night into Sunday morning.

After a warm start to the weekend, temperatures will plummet for Sunday.ABC News
After a warm start to the weekend, temperatures will plummet for Sunday.

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  • BD70

    The weather is so bad in downtown Rochester NY the weather channel showed up to cover it with Mike Seidel.

  • writergal

    I live in NW Ohio, and so far this "storm" is a big nothin'. Rain, a very little bit of ice, and now it's snowing. Wow. Maybe we'll get a few inches. Yet every school in the area closed. They're probably sorry they did now, total waste of a snow day.

  • terry bigler

    I live in he New York state corridor along Lake Erie and we normally get a lot of bad weather,but even for this area this has been unusually merciless,it has been far colder for longer and ther seems to be little respite upcoming. We did have a brief warm up,but in the last two hours temperatures have fallen by 25 degrees and the forecast calls for another 30-50 degree plunge

  • OLDDDOGG

    OK folks, hunker down - again.