East Coast to be slammed with wintery blast this weekend

More than 75 million Americans are under weather alerts.

March 11, 2022, 2:52 PM

Mother Nature is going to hit the East Coast like a lion this weekend with a winter blast that will bring torrential rain, snow, icy roads and, in some southern states, tornados.

PHOTO: Snowplows on the Kansas Turnpike as north and northeastern parts of Kansas were hit by a winter storm, March 10, 2022.
Snowplows on the Kansas Turnpike as north and northeastern parts of Kansas were hit by a winter storm, March 10, 2022.
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The weather system that's forecasted to hit on Saturday has already dumped one to two inches of snow in states such as Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.

As of Friday, more than 75 million Americans across 26 states are under alert for winter weather. Most of the East Coast states affected have issued winter storm watches or winter storm warnings.

PHOTO: More than 75 million Americans across 26 states from Texas to Maine are under alert for winter weather, snow, and severe weather, possible tornadoes!
More than 75 million Americans across 26 states from Texas to Maine are under alert for winter weather, snow, and severe weather, possible tornadoes!
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By Friday night into Saturday morning, the storm will dump heavy snow from West Virginia to Pennsylvania before moving to upstate New York and New England. Up to a foot of snow is possible in some areas, according to the forecast.

PHOTO: Heavy rain and wind is expected Saturday morning, then changing to snow from Washington, D.C. to New York.
Heavy rain and wind is expected Saturday morning, then changing to snow from Washington, D.C. to New York.
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Along the I-95 corridor, heavy rain and wind are expected Saturday morning before changing into the snow. Major cities like Washington, D.C., and New York City aren't expected to see a lot of snow accumulation but the freezing temperatures will make the roads icy.

PHOTO: Not a lot of snow is expected in the major cities but any snow that will fall and freeze due to falling temperatures.
Not a lot of snow is expected in the major cities but any snow that will fall and freeze due to falling temperatures.
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The forecast is also predicting dangerous weather conditions for southern states.

PHOTO: The winter storm will bring a tornado threat from Louisiana all the way to the Carolinas.
The winter storm will bring a tornado threat from Louisiana all the way to the Carolinas.
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An enhanced threat for tornadoes and damaging winds has been issued for parts of the Florida panhandle into southern Georgia – including Tallahassee, Panama City and Albany, Georgia. The time for the greatest risk of tornadoes will likely be late Friday night into early Saturday morning.

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