Major winter storm strikes from Denver to Chicago before heading to Northeast

Illinois officials warn, "Two words of advice: Stay home."

February 02, 2022, 2:07 PM

A major winter storm is moving across the U.S., bringing snow from Denver to Chicago and ice to the South -- before heading to the Northeast.

Six inches to 1 foot of snow is possible, along with sleet and freezing rain, from St. Louis to Indianapolis and Detroit to Cleveland.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the forecast for snow and ice across the middle and eastern U.S. through Friday, on Feb. 2, 2022.
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Thousands of flights have been canceled from Chicago to Denver.

A winter storm warning has been issued in Chicago where 5 to 10 inches of snow is expected.

PHOTO: A pedestrian walks during falling snow  and slushy street conditions in Chicago, Feb. 2, 2022.
A pedestrian walks during falling snow and slushy street conditions in Chicago, Feb. 2, 2022.
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PHOTO: A woman walks to a bus shelter on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive during the pre-dawn hours on Feb. 2, 2022, in Chicago.
A woman walks to a bus shelter on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive during the pre-dawn hours on Feb. 2, 2022, in Chicago. A major winter storm with millions of Americans in its path brought a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow to the middle section of the United States as airlines canceled hundreds of flights, governors urged residents to stay off roads and schools closed campuses.
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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has issued a "disaster proclamation" and activated at least 100 National Guard members.

The Illinois Department of Transportation tweeted: "Two words of advice: Stay home."

A winter storm warning was also issued in Denver where up to 6 inches of additional snow is forecast.

Denver schools are closed Wednesday due to the storm.

In Missouri, Gov. Mike Parson has issued a state of emergency.

The storm has backed up lanes in both directions on Missouri's Interstate 70.

PHOTO: Emergency vehicles block off the the left lanes of Interstate 44 East where a semi truck crashed into an overpass during a snowy morning, Feb. 2, 2022.
Emergency vehicles block off the the left lanes of Interstate 44 East where a semi truck crashed into an overpass during a snowy morning, Feb. 2, 2022. A major winter storm with millions of Americans in its path brought a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow to the middle section of the United States as airlines canceled hundreds of flights, governors urged residents to stay off roads and schools closed campuses.
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Further south, an ice storm warning was issued from Memphis to Louisville. By Thursday morning the ice could be as thick as half an inch, sending trees toppling onto power lines and making roads very dangerous.

A winter storm warning was also issued for Dallas, where residents could see a wintry mix of 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet, as well as freezing rain.

By Thursday morning the heavy snow will stretch from Texas to St. Louis to Indianapolis to Cleveland to Buffalo. On Thursday very icy conditions are expected across Texas and Arkansas and up through Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the forecast for a winter storm for Thursday, from Texas to Maine, on Feb. 2, 2022.
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Flooding is also a threat from northern Mississippi to West Virginia due to heavy rain on Thursday.

The storm will then move into the Northeast Thursday night into Friday morning, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the forecast for a winter storm coming to the Eastern U.S. on Friday morning, on Feb. 2, 2022.
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Over 1 foot of snow is possible in western Pennsylvania, upstate New York and parts of New England.

A winter storm watch has been issued for Boston, where residents still digging out from last weekend's massive snowstorm could see an additional 6 inches of snow on Friday.

Dangerous ice accumulation is possible from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia to New York City to Boston.

New York City will see rain on Thursday which will then change to freezing rain and some sleet on Friday morning. The National Weather Service warns that New York City Tristate region should be prepared for dangerous travel conditions on Friday.

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