Winter storm: From tornadoes to ice, these are the conditions expected in today’s sprawling storm

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Gusty winds are expected throughout the morning in the northeast and mid Atlantic, but will ease in the afternoon.

“A severe winter storm will gradually roll out of the northeast this morning, but not before light accumulations of snow and light icing from freezing rain occur over parts of northern New England,” according to the Weather. Prediction Center.

Cities in the Midwest, including Cleveland, are subject to winter storm warnings for snow and ice through Friday morning.

The storm’s impact was already felt in the south on Thursday when two tornadoes touched down about 30 miles north of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the weather service confirmed. Trees were felled on the roads and structural damage was reported. A third tornado was reported in Pell City, east of Birmingham.

A couple were trapped in a mobile home when a tree fell on it in Leeds, Alabama, a town east of Birmingham, CNN affiliate WVTM said. No serious injuries were reported.

Further damage was seen in Fairfield, Alabama, where the roof of a BP gas station appeared to have blown off and gas pumps were bent, the outlet added.

And in Illinois, more than 100 cars were involved in crashes Thursday on Interstate 39 when the area experienced heavy snowfall and reduced visibility.
As of Friday morning, nearly 180,000 homes and businesses in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Massachusetts and Maryland were in the dark, according to PowerOutages.us.
Heavy thunderstorms and snow could also affect several major airports. More than 300 Friday flights are listed as canceled, according to tracking website FlightAware.

The path of the storm

The storm battered much of the United States before moving out of the northeast on Friday.

In Buffalo, New York, up to 5 inches of snow can accumulate, with ice ranging from one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch, according to CNN meteorologist Rob Shackelford.

Winds can also blow up to 35 mph. And in Montpellier, Vermont, snowfall can reach 4 inches, joined by ice up to a tenth of an inch, he said.

CNN’s Haley Brink, Judson Jones, Gene Norman and Greg Wallace contributed to this report.

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