Rivers swell in eastern U.S., winter storm to hit Midwest

CHICAGO (BestGrowthStock) – A storm that soaked eastern states posed flooding risks on Wednesday 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.

The band of snow in western Oregon and Washington state was expected to move on to coat 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; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Rivers swell in eastern U.S., winter storm to hit Midwest