Snowy and icy roads affect the Midwest, Ohio Valley and the Carolinas

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CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) – A blanket of snow and ice is impacting travel from the northern plains to the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic as a clipper storm plunges into the northern United States

A winter weather advisory was issued for much of the Chicago area Saturday and Sunday. The advisory went into effect Saturday at 9 p.m. Forecasters said the storm was expected to bring 2 to 6 inches of snow to the area.

Drivers in Chicago were hit with a heavy commute on Sunday morning as heavy layers of snow led to dangerous driving conditions. Snow eased in the area Sunday as of 9 a.m., but wind chills are expected to remain in the single digits.

Another round of snow accumulation is expected Sunday evening through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service, with 1 to 3 inches possible.

Madison, Wisconsin and Detroit were also hit by a winter blast this morning. A second snow system is expected to bring up to 2 to 3 inches of snow Monday to metro Detroit, according to NewsNation meteorologist Garry Seith.

Drivers struggle for traction on Interstate 94 leading into Chicago early January 23. (Credit: Jasmine Cooper)
Northeast Ohio

A winter weather advisory is in effect for northeast and central Ohio through Sunday.

According to NewsNation affiliate FOX 8, the storm is expected to bring 2 to 5 inches of accumulation to the area. The snow will be stable throughout the day with heavy pockets at times resulting in poor road visibility and slippery surfaces.

Drivers in northern and central Ohio are urged to avoid driving on the roads as slippery conditions are expected. Overnight temperatures for the region are expected to dip into the low digits and wind chills below freezing on Sunday evening.

The advisory remains in effect for most of the region until 7 p.m. Sunday. A second clipper storm is expected to impact travel again on Monday. Forecasters say an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow are expected on Monday afternoon’s ride.

Virginia and the Carolinas

A sheet of ice and blanket of snow-capped coastal areas stretching from South Carolina to Virginia on Saturday after a winter weather system brought colder temperatures and rainfall rarely seen in the region.

Meteorologists said it left up to 6 inches of snow in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. There was also ice in parts of the North Carolina coast that are further south.

The governors of North and South Carolina as well as Virginia have declared states of emergency due to the storms. North Carolina soldiers alone responded to more than 1,500 calls for duty Saturday morning. There have been 945 collisions in the affected areas since Friday afternoon.

Power cuts were also a problem. The number of power outages in North Carolina during the storm peaked at around 16,000 at 4 a.m. Saturday and had dropped by mid-morning to around 4,000, with most located in Onslow and Carteret counties , according to Governor Roy Cooper’s office. These outages were resolved later Saturday.

Authorities warned against driving as the roads were slippery and expected to refreeze on Saturday evening and early Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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