Syracuse, N.Y. — A massive winter storm hitting every state in the eastern U.S. will just graze Upstate New York.
The storm is expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of snow to Upstate today, with a potential for a light coating of ice tonight before temperatures warm. Winter weather advisories are in place for much of Upstate through Thursday morning.
Heavy snow is expected from Oklahoma through the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service.
“More than 200 million Americans, roughly 60 percent of the population of the United States, will be impacted by a major storm that is set to bring snow, rain, ice or a wintry mix to every state east of the Mississippi River,” said private forecasting service AccuWeather.
Flights were being canceled in the mid-Atlantic, and Amtrak has altered the schedule of its trains from Philadelphia to New York City. Tractor-trailer restrictions are in place along I-81 in Pennsylvania.
Heavy rain was falling in the Southeast; in Huntsville, Alabama, police said a half-dozen roads are blocked by downed trees or utility poles plus water from flash floods. The weather service predicts as much as 8 inches of rain in spots through Saturday.
Forecasters say moisture from the Gulf is mixing with weather systems moving eastward in the Mississippi and Ohio valleys.
Winter weather alerts are in effect from Minnesota to Mississippi, and all the way into Maine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.