Snow, Ice, Brutal Temperatures to Grip the Midwest and Northeast

PHOTO: Ken Perry and Stan Ly go for a run in Eagle Creek Park as snow falls, Dec. 13, 2016, in Indianapolis.PlayDarron Cummings/AP Photo
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An Arctic front bringing frigid cold temperatures, snow and ice is sweeping across much of the country.

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PHOTO: Residents in the Midwest woke up this morning to brutal cold and bitter wind chills.ABC News
Residents in the Midwest woke up this morning to brutal cold and bitter wind chills.

PHOTO: Temperatures will be dropping across the nation as an arctic front moves through the Northeast region this morning.ABC News
Temperatures will be dropping across the nation as an arctic front moves through the Northeast region this morning.

Thirty U.S. states, from California to Maine, were under winter weather alerts this morning, and temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day and hit the teens in some northeastern cities by Friday morning. The wind chill, or "feels like" temperature, will make it feel 20 to 30 degrees colder, according to forecasters.

PHOTO: Scott Paulson, of South Milwaukee, walks to work, Dec. 13, 2016.Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP
Scott Paulson, of South Milwaukee, walks to work, Dec. 13, 2016.

ABC News meteorologists are also monitoring a winter storm coming from the west that is expected to bring rain, snow or ice to much of the country. The storm pummeled Portland, Oregon, today with snow and ice and triggered two avalanches near the Hoodo ski resort.

“The snow is over in Portland, but icy conditions could cause a messy morning commute,” said ABC News senior meteorologist Max Golembo.

PHOTO: A winter storm will hit Minneapolis, Minnesota, early Friday afternoon before moving into the Northeast region Friday night through Saturday.
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A winter storm will hit Minneapolis, Minnesota, early Friday afternoon before moving into the Northeast region Friday night through Saturday.

The storm is expected to hit Minnesota by early afternoon Friday and to settle in the Northeast on Friday night through Saturday. It could dump up to 10 inches of snow in areas from Minneapolis to Detroit and parts of the Northeast.

“Even places like New York City and Boston could see 1 to 3 inches of snow Friday night,” Golembo said.

PHOTO: In this Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo, ice forms in Carl Bentsons beard and mustache as he clears sidewalks near Colborne Street and St. Clair Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota.Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP
In this Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo, ice forms in Carl Bentson's beard and mustache as he clears sidewalks near Colborne Street and St. Clair Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota.

PHOTO: A vehicle rests in a median ditch after skidding into it on Route 219, Dec. 12, 2016, in Orchard Park, New York.Julio Cortez/AP Photo
A vehicle rests in a median ditch after skidding into it on Route 219, Dec. 12, 2016, in Orchard Park, New York.

Today, parts of northern and central California are under flood warnings with heavy rain expected this afternoon through Friday morning.

“San Francisco will get heavy rain this afternoon and evening,” Golembo said. “Los Angeles will get the heavy rain tonight into Friday morning.”

PHOTO: The National Weather Service is warning of flash flooding, rising rivers and mudslides in California, where heavy rain is expected through Friday.ABC News
The National Weather Service is warning of flash flooding, rising rivers and mudslides in California, where heavy rain is expected through Friday.

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