Dozens of cars crash in snowy pileup amid threat of third nor’easter
WYXZ-TV(NEW YORK) — Dozens of vehicles piled up on a snowy Michigan road on Friday, sending three people to the hospital with minors injuries, authorities said.
Early estimates showed 40 to 50 vehicles, including semitrailers, involved in the crash on I-94 in southern Michigan, according to Jackson County Emergency Management.
Traffic on both the eastbound and westbound lanes stopped completely, and drivers were asked to find alternate routes, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said.
A third nor’easter?
Meanwhile, along the East Coast, residents are still digging out from the second nor’easter to hit the region in a week.
There were still 435,000 customers without power in the Northeast on Friday morning, including 169,000 in Massachusetts and 141,000 in New Jersey.
The latest computer models continue to be split on whether there is going to be a third nor’easter. Most models agree there is going to be a storm system moving through the South, with severe storms Saturday into Sunday along the Gulf Coast from Arkansas to Florida.
These storms could produce damaging winds and some hail, and we cannot rule out tornadoes.
As the storm moves east, the models split.
The American model keeps the storm much larger and colder, showing a chance of snow from St. Louis to most of Kentucky into Nashville, Tennessee, and into the southern Appalachian Mountains on Sunday evening.
The storm will redevelop Monday morning off the Mid-Atlantic coast and bring snow from Washington, D.C. to New York City.
By Monday afternoon, the coastal low will strengthen — similar to the storm we just had — and move up the coast, bringing heavy snow for most of the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to Boston, and into Maine.
The European model continues to disagree Friday morning, showing a much weaker storm system along the Carolina coast on Monday with mostly rain during the day and evening.
By Monday night, the storm system moves off the Carolina coast and brings no precipitation to the Northeast, according to the European model.
Cold is coming
Regardless of the track of the storm, both the European and American models agree that cold, February-like weather will continue into the middle of March.
One of the coldest days will be next Wednesday, when wind chills will drop into the single digits and teens from the Midwest into the Northeast. Even from the Tennessee River Valley to the Carolinas, wind chills will be in the 20s Wednesday morning.
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