Snow cover is expected on Thursday in the central United States as a storm system passes through the region.
The National Meteorological Service (NWS) has issued winter warnings or advice for parts of Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas as snow above 12 inches is expected in some areas.
Forecasters have warned that there will be dangerous travel conditions as the storm passes through the region but is expected to ease on Thursday.
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The same storm is expected to shift east over the lower Mississippi Valley and the Gulf Coast – however, the snow will turn mostly to rain, which can cause rapid flooding.
As the system spreads to the east coast, it is expected to strengthen and could be quite weather-producing on Fridays and Saturdays.
Rain and wind will increase along the east coast, while winter weather is expected at the Great Lakes, in the inner north-east and New England.
On weekends, colder air moves behind the system.
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In the central United States, the winter weather rate was overcast this week with snow cover in Ohio and Pennsylvania, causing power to thousands of residents. On Thursday morning, more than 14,000 customers were still without electricity, writes poweroutage.us.
Fire conditions are growing in the west
Meanwhile, the Santa Ana wind causes an explosive fire hazard in southern California on Thursdays and Fridays, as dry air and warm temperatures, along with high winds, can spread or spread fires.
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Red flag warnings pose an extremely critical fire hazard to the region.