Winter Storm Nile will track the US with snow and ice

Winter Storm Nile will track the US with snow and ice

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  • Indigo has tracked northwest with ice and snow.
  • The storm will move east and bring snow to the Midwest and East to end the week.
  • Snowfall in these areas may create dangerous travel conditions.

Winter Storm Indigo has already brought ice and snow to the Northwest and will spread snowfall across the Midwest and East through the end of the week, creating dangerous travel conditions for some.

This is where Indigo is now: Freezing rain continues in Oregon’s Willamette Valley this morning, including Portland. Snowfall is spreading across parts of the Cascades and northern Rockies.

Up to a quarter inch of ice was reported in the Portland metro area. More than 80,000 homes and businesses were without power in Oregon as of early Wednesday morning, according to

Here’s a look at the latest radar showing where the storm is producing snow, ice and rain.


The National Weather Service has issued winter weather alerts: An Ice Storm Warning remains in effect for parts of southwest Washington and northwest Oregon until later today.

There are several other winter weather advisories in effect for snowfall from the Cascades to the northern and central Rockies. In general, the worst conditions will be in areas where winter storm warnings are in effect.


Snow from this storm will spread to the Midwest and East late this week: Indigo snow will continue to fall in the northern Rockies through Wednesday or Thursday night.

Next, this storm could produce light to moderate snowfall in parts of the Midwest and Northeast Thursday into Friday. Some snow, freezing rain and/or sleet are possible in the Mid-South as well.

This could be the second round of snow accumulation this week in the northeast corridor of Interstate 95 from New York to Washington, D.C.

Below is a look at the general timing of this system over the next few days.


Here’s how much snow and ice to expect from this storm: The main impact of heavy snow will be indigo in the Cascades and northern and central Rockies. The latest forecasts below show that more than a foot of snow could fall at higher elevations, and Valley areas like Spokane, Washington, and Boise, Idaho, could see several inches as well.

Snow totals will be light to locally moderate Thursday through Friday across the Midwest, Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Most areas are expected to see a layer of up to a few inches, but although these amounts are not heavy, they will still create hazardous conditions for travel.


Additional ice accumulations capable of knocking out power and damaging trees are possible Wednesday in the Columbia River Gorge and moving east near the Oregon-Washington border.


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