At a Glance
A winter storm is tracking through the East to close out the week.
Snow and ice from the storm will disrupt travel.
Ice has damaged trees and power lines in Virginia.
Winter Storm Viola will create travel headaches in the East as it spreads a mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain across the region into Friday. The storm has also brought ice heavy enough to damage trees and knock out power in parts of Virginia and North Carolina.
Snow and ice from this storm extend from the Northeast into parts of Virginia and northern North Carolina right now. A disturbance associated with Viola is also producing accumulating snow in Texas, from around San Antonio and Austin to Del Rio on the Mexico border.
Ice has accumulated a quarter-inch or more thick in portions of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. There have been reports of downed trees and power lines in southwest Virginia.
Snow in the Northeast has been heaviest so far in parts of southeast Pennsylvania, including from the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia to near Trenton, New Jersey. Several locations have picked up 6 inches or more snowfall in this area.
New York City’s Central Park had picked up 3.2 inches of snow as of 1 p.m. EST. That brings the February total in New York City up to 24.4 inches, making it the ninth snowiest Feburary on record there since 1869.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service from portions of southern New England to the mid-Atlantic and mid-South. Additional winter storm warnings and advisories are in effect in central and southwest Texas.
Viola impacted the South late Tuesday through Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City picked up about 4 inches of snow, Tulsa measured 5 inches and Dallas-Ft. Worth picked up 1 inch of snow.
Parts of Texas and Louisiana picked up one-quarter to one-half inch of ice accumulation.
This ice accumulation on top of snow and ice from Winter Storm Uri earlier this week lead to a number of structure collapses from Texas to Mississippi, including carports, barns, even the roof of some homes, according to the National Weather Service.