The Midwest storm was expected to move east tonight, spreading rain into the Northeast, with some areas from Washington, D.C., to Boston getting as much as 2 inches.
Behind the storm, cold air was forecast to come in and change rain to snow in western Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and West Virginia, where 3 to 14 inches (in the highest elevations) could accumulate.
The severe weather was also impacting drivers in the Midwest Thursday afternoon. In Iowa, there were more than 88 crashes, with hundreds of motorists calling for assistance. Most of Wisconsin was reeling, with hundreds of emergency calls placed. In Missouri, emergency responders were being dispatched to everything from slide offs and minor crashes to sites where injuries had occurred.
ABC News' Max Golembo and Ginger Zee contributed to this report.