Jan 13, 2018, 6:00 AM ET

Northeast braces for dramatic temperature drop, South digs out of heavy snow

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The relatively brief reprieve the Northeast enjoyed from the bitter cold is coming to an end.

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Winds are easing somewhat in the Northeast, allowing actual temperatures to drop even lower on Saturday as a cold front moves through the region. The actual temperatures will be near zero for much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. A word of caution: Wind Chills in some spots will be 10 to 20 degrees lower than that.

PHOTO: There are wind chill warnings and advisories, winter storm warnings, and flood alerts across the Midwest, Northeast and Great Lakes region.
There are wind chill warnings and advisories, winter storm warnings, and flood alerts across the Midwest, Northeast and Great Lakes region.

PHOTO: Itll be snowy in parts of the Great Lakes region on Saturday.
It'll be snowy in parts of the Great Lakes region on Saturday.

A significant storm bringing heaving snow, freezing rain, sleet, and heavy rain blanketed parts of the Tennessee and Ohio Valley on Friday, moved into the Northeast on Friday night and will head out of the U.S. by late Saturday morning. The storms caused numerous impacts on area roadways, creating a messy and dangerous Friday across parts of the region.

The heavy snow and ice caused major problems on several interstates. I-65 in parts of Kentucky had all southbound lanes closed on Friday night due to an accident. On I-24, near the Tennessee-Kentucky Border, two people were injured in a 10-vehicle crash. And on I-40 in Tennessee, numerous accidents closed the interstate in Henderson County. Four to 6 inches of snow was reported in parts of southwest Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee on Friday afternoon. Heavy snow, up to three inches in central Ohio, caused snow emergencies for several counties. Up to 7,000 people were reported without power in central Ohio due to downed power lines.

A flatbed tow truck carries a car along a road near Interstate 40 in snow and icy conditions on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 in Parkers Crossroads, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)The Associated Press
A flatbed tow truck carries a car along a road near Interstate 40 in snow and icy conditions on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 in Parkers Crossroads, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

The combination of very mild air and heavy rain brought some flooding to parts of the Northeast on Friday, as well. Snow and ice that has accumulated over the past few weeks began to melt. Melting ice on rivers and creeks caused chunks of ice to cause jams (also known as an "ice jam") backing up area rivers. In Buffalo, New York, a massive ice jam in the Cazenovia Creek cause flooding in the southern part of the metropolitan area. Near Syracuse, New York, flooding caused the evacuation of an assisted living facility due to rising water. In Meadville, Pennsylvania, an ice jam along the French Creek caused significant flooding, with inches of water in the city.

PHOTO: Wintery conditions are expected in parts of Upstate New York and New England.
Wintery conditions are expected in parts of Upstate New York and New England.

PHOTO: Snow is heading toward the Northeast on Saturday.
Snow is heading toward the Northeast on Saturday.

On Saturday morning, the storm is bringing heavy snow to parts of Pennsylvania and New York. By mid-morning Saturday, most of the snow will be falling north of the border in Southern Canada. The entire Northeast will be dry by Saturday afternoon.

Only a few or more inches of snow are expected from Pennsylvania to Maine, with locally over six inches of snow in northern New York State and Vermont.

PHOTO: Temperatures have dropped drastically in the last 24 hours.
Temperatures have dropped drastically in the last 24 hours.

PHOTO: Its going to be very chilly in parts of the Northeast on Saturday.
It's going to be very chilly in parts of the Northeast on Saturday.

This storm is bringing much colder air behind it. Temperatures are more than 40 degrees colder in spots than they were 24 hours ago. Saturday morning, it will feel like 60 degrees in Boston, but only 34 degrees in New York, and -2 degrees in Cleveland.

PHOTO: A blast of cold air is headed to the Northeast.
A blast of cold air is headed to the Northeast.

Later Saturday and tomorrow a significant cold blast will overtake much of the eastern U.S. It will be much colder in New York and Boston Sunday morning. With area roadways wet on Saturday, some areas of black ice could develop.

The good news is, this cold blast is not looking like it will stick around too long. In fact, a more mild pattern looks to be in the forecast for the second half of January.

PHOTO: Snow is headed to the Midwest and Great Lakes region.
Snow is headed to the Midwest and Great Lakes region.

Sunday is looking cold, but rather quiet across much of the nation. A nice break after a turbulent week across much of the country.

Our next system develops in the central U.S. late Sunday night into Monday. At first the system looks to bring a quick hit of snow along a cold front across parts of the south-central U.S., Great Lakes Region and into the Tennessee Valley again.

The system will be monitored as it evolves as it heads towards the East Coast for mid-week. At this point, it is too early to determine, what, if any, impacts this system could have on the East Coast. However, period of unsettled weather certainly seems likely by Wednesday.

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  • terry bigler

    Woops, here we go again,I give up send global warming and my palm tree

  • JDCreborn

    Does ABC know that there’s weather in other parts of he country too? Just curious.

  • paul miller

    all the networks seem to do is ad drama to the weather reports, Cold, snow, ice, hey guys its called Winter.

    Save the drama for Cold, snow and ice if its August in New England then your'll have something important to report on

  • wilmers13

    Gee, gas prices will go up again; they are making a mint this winter.

  • BD70

    We got about 3 ft of snow. Not sure why the weather channel showed up in downtown Rochester NY but hey...whatever floats their boat. Rochester has had way worse and no weather channel.

  • Ronald Bandor

    Lot of these stories on the NE weather. Don't often see the same for the Midwest, the South, etc., unless it gets to hurricane levels.

  • msbettyrubble

    I can't believe someone hasn't blamed this on trump, I'm no trump supporter, but it really has gotten ridiculous - some of you really need to get a life.

  • OLDDDOGG

    Front passed through here around 7:30 - winds kicked up to 30mph and temp dropped 15 degrees in an hour. Brrr!!!

  • moving33

    It would have got cold, if we did not have global warming.

  • unusual

    We've been on a roller coaster ride in NE for the past month or so. You get up one morning and it's 20 degrees below zero with 18" of new snow. Two days later it's forty degrees at 6 am and there's been 2" of rain overnight. Two days later it's 15 below again and another foot of snow on the ground. I've lived here for 45 years and I've never seen a winter like this one.

  • TexasVulcan

    The storm front passed through Houston dropping some rain (luckily not that much) and temperatures in the 30s. Not below freezing, but way too cold for most people here. Including me.