WASHINGTON Jan 21 A fast-moving cold front will
plunge the U.S. Midwest into a deep freeze on Tuesday and dump
up to a foot (30 cm) of snow on parts of the East Coast,
The cold front will drop temperatures below freezing as far
south as northern Florida. The high in and around Minnesota and
the St. Lawrence Valley will not top zero Fahrenheit (-18
Celsius) during Tuesday's daylight hours, forecaster AccuWeather
"Travel conditions will deteriorate with slippery roads and
flight delays expected to unfold even in areas that avoid heavy
snow," AccuWeather said.
The cold front across the eastern half of the country could
drop up to 2 inches (5 cm) of snow from the Dakotas to the Ohio
Valley. The snow will increase as the cold air picks up moisture
near the Atlantic coast, AccuWeather said.
The mountains of Virginia and West Virginia will likely get
up to 6 inches (15 cm) of snow. Other sites near the
mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England coast could get 6 to
12 inches (15 to 30 cm) through late on Tuesday.
For parts of the region, the snow could be the heaviest of
the winter. Washington could see its most snow since January
2011, when about 5 inches (12.7 cm) fell, AccuWeather said.
The National Weather Service said the cold air would produce
snow downwind from the Great Lakes.
The polar front will be something of a repeat of the cold
snap that gripped much of the United States at the start of the
year. Cold and snow snarled air and road travel, shattered
temperature records and contributed to at least nine deaths.
In the middle of the cold front on Monday, Grand Marais,
Minnesota, recorded -17F (-27C), the lowest temperature in the
United States outside Alaska, the weather service said.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Edith Honan and Eric