March 22 A major storm system is expected to
dump heavy snow across parts of the Midwest on the first weekend
of spring, while thunderstorms, large hail and even twisters
could lash parts of the deep South, forecasters warned on
The storm system is seen rolling out of the Rockies by early
on Saturday, and dropping snow over eastern Colorado and the
central and southern Plains later in the day, according to the
National Weather Service and AccuWeather.com.
"Like many storms during the second half of the winter, this
first major storm of the spring could threaten lives and
property, bring significant travel disruptions and foil outdoor
plans," AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski
The band of heavy snow is expected to track eastward over
the weekend, most likely affecting some of the Ohio Valley
states on Sunday, before heading out over the central and
southern Appalachians into Monday.
"A small shift in the storm track could mean the difference
between heavy snow in Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and
Dayton versus Omaha, Chicago and Cleveland," AccuWeather said.
AccuWeather.com and the National Weather Service also warned
of the potential for severe weather to develop over the weekend
from Texas to southern Georgia and northern Florida.
"Such a set-up can deliver thunderstorms with large hail,
damaging wind and perhaps a few tornadoes," severe weather
expert Henry Margusity said.
(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Peter Cooney)