Midland Texas was being hammered by wind gusts of 68 miles per hour, which was causing heavy dust storms, while warnings of snow, ice, flooding and strong winds have been issued in several other states.
The snow fall will be heavier in northeast OH and in those areas in the snow belt.
North central OH remains under a winter weather advisory this morning. On Friday, rain will turn to freezing rain, to sleet and then to snow as colder air spreads into the area.
Saturday and Sunday's cooldown is due to an expected shift in the jet stream, placing OH in an area of strong upper-level flow from the north ushering in frigid, arctic air.
New England could also see significant snowfall and ice accumulation and AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel has cautioned that "there is also a risk of roof collapses in New England, where up to a couple of feet of snow remains and the heavy rain adds more weight". The changeover from a wintry mix to all snow should be around 4 p.m., according to weather.com. Nashville and Louisville saw freezing rain, while more than an inch of sleet accumulated in northern MS, western Kentucky, parts of Arkansas and parts of Louisiana. The storm also caused treacherous driving conditions: Tennessee troopers reported a multi-vehicle pileup on I-40 as a result of the snow.