Dec 6, 2018, 7:00 AM ET

Winter storm moving east heading into weekend

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Most of the eastern U.S. is in the grip of wintry weather with cold temperatures and snowfall.

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Anywhere from 3 to 7.5 inches of snow fell Wednesday from the Carolinas to New Jersey and western New York -- producing numerous accidents and spinouts.

Now, a new storm is moving from west to east over the next several days and bringing heavy snow, ice and heavy rain.

The western storm brought more than 2 inches of rain to Southern California and wind gusts to near 70 mph. Also several inches of snow fell in the Southern California mountains Wednesday.

The storm will continue to move through the Southwest on Thursday from California into Arizona and New Mexico with rain and mountain snow. Some minor flash flooding is possible.

PHOTO: Heavy rain is falling in Southern California on Thursday.ABC News
Heavy rain is falling in Southern California on Thursday.

By Friday afternoon, the storm system will redevelop in southern Texas and bring with it heavy rain.

Heavy snow and ice will break out to the north on Friday night into Saturday morning from the Texas Panhandle to central Oklahoma.

PHOTO: The heavy rain, snow and ice will move into parts of Texas, Oklahoma and the Deep South on Saturday morning.ABC News
The heavy rain, snow and ice will move into parts of Texas, Oklahoma and the Deep South on Saturday morning.

The storm system will move into the Southeast by Sunday, bringing heavy snow and ice to the southern Appalachian Mountains and heavy rain for the eastern Gulf Coast states. Major ice and snow is forecast for the Carolinas and into Virginia and parts of northern Georgia.

PHOTO: The mixed precipitation moves onto the East Coast on Sunday.ABC News
The mixed precipitation moves onto the East Coast on Sunday.

Heavy snow is forecast from the Texas Panhandle to southern Virginia, where locally 6 to 12 inches of snow is possible. Some areas in the southern Appalachian Mountains could see more than a foot of snow.

PHOTO: Snowfall totals will be highest in the Carolinas, especially in the Appalachian Mountains.ABC News
Snowfall totals will be highest in the Carolinas, especially in the Appalachian Mountains.

Some areas from Oklahoma to the Carolinas could see up to half an inch of ice accumulate on cold surfaces -- a major deal since this far south they don’t deal well with wintry precipitation.

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  • Bongs&Thongs

    it was raining harder than i can remember today in southern california

  • MickC

    "Anywhere from 3 to 7.5 inches of snow fell Wednesday from the Carolinas to New Jersey."
    I'm right in the middle in Maryland. What snow? It's been intermittently cloudy with some sunshine the past few days.

  • John Rettinger

    Trump should check his Florida residence for upcoming cold, inclement weather. Street bums as Bill Hagerty might attempt to breach his property for safe harbor.

  • Edward Wysocki

    Winter......Hello

  • BannedAgain

    Odd weather patterns this time of year. We're cold but dry as a bone here in Northeast Ohio. So far, very little snow and none that didn't melt off in a few hours or a day.

  • TexasVulcan

    This is going to hit Houston tomorrow. With any luck, just rain and not ice and snow.

  • 𝓜𝓾𝓭𝓭𝔂 𝓡𝓸𝓪𝓭

    Sunspots are disappearing on the sun and is preparing to enter the solar minimum. The last time the absence of sunspots was so prolonged there was a “Little Ice Age,” which happened back in the 1600s.

    The bottom line is: COLD WINTER this year! Really cold.

    It probably won't go into an ICE AGE because the earth is already too warm due to CO2 climate change. However, a couple big volcanic eruptions could change that.

    Wouldn't it be funny if we are headed to an ICE AGE, instead of the current popular Global Warming Armageddon?