Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. Thursday 6 January

** Heads up — East Coast Snowstorm Thursday night and Friday. I-95 from Virginia to Boston impacted. Expect 2-5 inches over VA I-95 and up to 6-12 inches over VA I-81 **

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  • A major winter storm will bring heavy snow and some areas of ice from the Mid-South into the Northeast Thursday into Friday.
  • Heavy coastal rain and snow melt in Washington and Oregon may bring riverine flooding while heavy mountain snow continues from the Northwest into the central Rockies through Friday.
  • Very cold in the central U.S. Windchill advisories extend into Oklahoma and Texas; much of eastern Iowa, Minnesota and eastern North Dakota will see low temperatures of -10 to -30 deg F Friday morning.

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Here’s the long-range travel & RV weather outlook (updated last evening)

— Western WA; northwest and west-central OR: Flood Watches through Saturday afternoon. I-5, US-101 potentially impacted.

— Southwest Coastal WA; far-western OR and adjacent coastal northern CA: High Wind Warnings, Watches and Advisories this evening through Friday morning. Gusts 50-70 mph. US-101 impacted.

— North-central CA: Dense Fog Advisory through midday today for the Central and Southern Sacramento Valley and Delta region. Also for the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley. I-5, I-80, CA-99 impacted.

— Central CA San Luis Obispo Coast: Wind Advisory through midmorning. Gusts to 40 mph. CA-1, US-101 impacted.

— Southern CA: Dense Fog Advisory for Los Angeles through midmorning. All the major freeways impacted.

— All of WA from the Cascades and eastward; northern and central ID; western and central MT; northern OR Cascades and northern OR; eastern ID and western WY; northeast and central UT: Blizzard Warning (MT Rocky Mountain Front), Winter Storm Warnings, and Advisories through tonight in most parts. Snow will be measured in feet in the mountains and inches in the valleys. Winds in general gusting 35-50 mph over this region. I-15, I-70, I-80, I-84, I-90, I-94 all impacted.

— Southeast and south-central WY: High Wind Warning and Winter Weather Advisories from midmorning today through early Friday morning. Gusts to 70 mph. I-25, I-80 highly impacted with wind and blowing snow.

— North-central and central CO: Winter Storm Warnings through midday today. Total accumulations 8-18 inches and wind gusts to 60 mph. I-70 impacted.

— Northwest, central and east-central KS; central and southern MO south of I-70 and adjacent northern AR: Winter Weather Advisories this morning for up to 1-3 inches of snow. I-35, I-44, I-70 impacted.

— Portions of MI downwind of Lakes Superior and Michigan: Winter Storm Warnings (southwest Lower Peninsula) and Winter Weather Advisories through early Friday morning. Variable accumulations but expect 4-12 inches in the Warning areas and 1-8 inches elsewhere. I-94, I-196, US-31 impacted.

— Southern and coastal TX: Dense Fog Advisories through mid-morning. I-10, I-45 impacted.

— KY, TN and adjacent IL and IN and also adjacent northern MS and AL; far-western NC; WV; western and northern VA; MD; DC; southern PA; NJ; southern NY including Long Island; CT; RI; MA; coastal NH; coastal ME: Winter Storm Warnings, Watches and Advisories for significant snowstorm this afternoon (Mid-South) tonight (Mid-Atlantic) and Friday (Northeast). 4-8 inches (at least) for much of KY, TN, WV and far-western VA. 2-5 inches for much of the Mid-Atlantic, PA, NY, NJ. Parts of coastal New England could see 4-9 inches. All major highways from TN/KY northeastwards to New England will be impacted, including I-40, I-70, I-81, I-95, PA, NJ and MASS Turnpikes.

— Extreme northwest PA; western NY downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario: Lake Effect Snow Warnings and Advisories through early Saturday morning. Up to 7-15 inches snow and wind gusts to 45 mph. I-81, I-90 / NY Thruway impacted.

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