Corrected: Rivers swell in east, winter storm forecast

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CHICAGO (BestGrowthStock) – A storm that socked eastern states stranded drivers and posed flooding risks on Thursday, while a winter storm originating in the Northwest was expected to lay a blanket of snow on the Midwest and Appalachians, weather forecasters said.

“For some in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, this could be the first significant, plowable snow of the season,” the Weather.com website said.

Heavy snow that fell in western New York left hundreds of drivers stranded, some as long as 12 hours, on the New York state Thruway near Buffalo.

“The snow started piling up and people just couldn’t go on,” State Police Trooper Nina Johnson said.

Authorities were sending buses to rescue the drivers, she said.

The National Weather Service said a band of snow originating over Lake Erie dropped more than 15 inches on the Buffalo area.

The band of snow in western Oregon and Washington state was expected to move on to parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Illinois on Friday.

It would move into Indiana, southern Ohio, and the Appalachian Mountains including Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina on Saturday, the website said.

“Light to moderate snow can persist over any location for 24 hours or so. That can add up to some surprising snow totals,” it said.

Cold Canadian air will then sweep through the region bringing subnormal temperatures in the teens to the Midwest next week.

The storm that dumped heavy rain and snow in Pennsylvania and other eastern states and spawned tornadoes in the South early this week caused rivers to swell, triggering flood advisories across the region.

Among the rivers that the National Weather Service said posed a flooding danger from storm runoff were the Kentucky and the Cumberland in Kentucky; the French Broad River in North Carolina; the Susquehanna in Pennsylvania; the Allegheny, the Mohawk, and the Hudson in New York; and the Saco in New Hampshire.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern, additional reporting by Neale Gulley in Buffalo)

Corrected: Rivers swell in east, winter storm forecast