even blizzard conditions — in the northern Midwest and the Northeast, while pummeling the Southeast with heavy rain and plummeting temperatures.
The storm was expected to be intense, delivering everything from rain to snow and strong winds to the eastern third of the country.
The combination of wind and heavy snow was expected to create dangerous blizzard conditions from the Ohio Valley through the Northeast. With temperatures expected to rise above freezing and then fall again, ice accumulation was a potential problem in the Northeast.
Winds up to 60 mph were predicted for many areas of the East. Residents are being encouraged to monitor the weather and prepare for severe winter conditions in this potentially damaging storm.
Heavy rain was expected in the Southeast in the morning. As the front moves eastward off the Southeast Coast, rain was predicted give way to frigid air, allowing temperatures to plummet through the afternoon and evening. Freezing temperatures were expected for many areas of the Southeast, and Winter Weather Advisories were posted for the area. Some snow showers were likely in the evening.
Meanwhile, the Northwest and Intermountain West were expected to see mixture of rain and snow as a warm front was moving through. A cold front was expected to come ashore in the Northwest in the evening, renewing rain and high elevation snow.
Temperatures in the Northeast were expected to rise into the 30s and 40s, while the Southeast should see temperatures in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The Northern Plains were to rise into the 0s and 10s, while the Northwest was to see temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday ranged from a morning low of -18 degrees at Wolf Point, Mont. to a high of 89 degrees at Falfurrias, Texas.