A potent winter storm is primed to dump deep snow on dozens of states from the Northern Plains to the Deep South and up to New England.  Forecasters say up to a foot will invade the eastern Dakotas, western Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and possibly the Ozarks in Arkansas today.  Cities including Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis, and Kansas City are in the storm’s path.  Parts of the Carolinas and Virginia could get up to half-an-inch of ice and Atlanta’s nearly four-year run of no measurable snow could end today or Saturday.


The storm will make a sharp turn to the northeast along the Eastern Seaboard Sunday into Monday.  Heavy snow is forecast for the Appalachians and interior Northeast.  As much as a foot and-a-half of snow could pile up from northern Virginia up to Maine by the time the storm starts playing out on Monday.