More rain and snow headed for Midwest, Northeast after winter punch

More rain and snow headed for Midwest, Northeast after winter punch

Dec. 11 (UPI) — After parts of the U.S. East Coast were buried under more than a foot of snow, forecasters say another storm system is on the way — but it’s mostly rain.

The most immediate system will arrive in the Plains and Midwest Thursday and move toward the East Coast by the weekend, forecasters said Tuesday. Heavy rains are expected in those regions, while severe thunderstorms are possible for the Lower Mississippi Valley and northern Gulf Coast.

Meteorologists say warmer temperatures means the storm won’t pack the winter punch of the last one — which dumped more than 18 inches of snow in some parts of the Mid-Atlantic.

By Friday, the new storm could bring severe thunderstorms to the Southeast, especially Florida — and possibly snow to the Northeast, particularly areas around the Great Lakes, Adirondacks and New England. Rain could fall from Tennessee to Maine on the weekend, with that precipitation changing to snow in upstate New York and New England.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands still have no electricity in the Carolinas after last weekend’s winter blast. Duke Energy said 91,000 customers were still without power in North and South Carolina by late Monday. Electricity, though, has been restored to 618,000 customers.

Icy roads from the storm are still causing trouble Tuesday in some states from Georgia to Virginia.

So far, three deaths have been blamed on the storm. One man died when his vehicle was hit by a falling tree, and a woman after a power outage disrupted her oxygen machine. A third died shoveling snow, officials said.

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