A stretch of some 2000 miles of the US could see snowfall today, with accumulation in some areas.

This prompted winter weather advisories and freeze warnings from the Rockies to the plains, down into the South and to the Northeast; plus, more of today’s weather news and forecast.

Snow across a 2000-mile span of the US

Snow and mixed precipitation will span from the Northwest to the Northeast today encompassing roughly 2000 miles of the northern tier of the US delivering a wintry mix to some areas while dumping significant accumulation to others.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued winter weather advisories for the northern Rockies and is forecasting heavy snow for portions of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, and Colorado. Significant snow is also forecast for portions of the Dakotas, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Snowfall is also possible for portions of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Snowy weather in Chicago creates 54 car pile-up

In Chicago, 54 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on the inbound Kennedy Expressway at North Avenue on Wednesday morning leading authorities to shut down the Expressway. Authorities said at least a dozen vehicles were not drivable and had to be towed away.

Although the snowfall was light, it created slippery conditions which led to the crashes, as overnight weather had created an icy roadway.

Freeze warning across the US today

Parts of the central US, upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, and the South will see winter-like temperatures that are well below average today, as the mercury will dip for some 50 million Americans this morning.

Portions of the central US and Plains will see temperatures plummet between 25-35 degrees and as far south as Central Texas will see temperatures fall in the range of 30-35 degrees.

The coldest areas will be portions of the upper Midwest where temps will fall into the teens, followed by the Ohio Valley and mid-South where they will see morning temperatures drop to between 20-30 degrees.

South Carolina tornado traveled 31.5 miles

The National Weather Service has confirmed that the deadly EF-3 tornado that killed two people in South Carolina on Monday carved a path that traveled 31.5 miles and had a width of 770 yards wide, which is nearly that of the length of eight football fields.

Today’s US highs

West: San Francisco 64, Los Angeles 82, Reno 70, Las Vegas 80, Salt Lake City 52, Denver 54.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 65, Medford 72, Boise 54, Billings 36, Minot 38, Rapid City 39.

Southwest: Phoenix 83, Albuquerque 64, El Paso 76, San Antonio 71, Brownsville 73.

Central US & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 68, Dallas 65, Oklahoma City 62, Kansas City 53, Minneapolis 36.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 41, St. Louis 53, Detroit 39, Cincinnati 54.

South: Houston 71, Memphis 62, New Orleans 70, Atlanta 62, Charlotte 61, Jacksonville 75, Tampa 87, Miami 87.

East: Norfolk 52, Washington, D.C. 56, Buffalo 39, New York 54, Boston 52, Bangor 44.